West Ham United managed to hold on to claim a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa last night.
Masuaku picked up a second booking for stopping an Aston Villa breakaway and was sent from the field by referee Mike Dean.
Rice was not happy with his teammate at the time, as he felt his decision making had been rash.
But replays showed that Masuaku had been harshly treated, as he barely made any contact with the Villa attacker.
And Rice revealed: “I just said to Arthur, ‘what were you doing’? He looked at me and said it wasn’t a foul. He was on a yellow though and I must say you’ve got to be careful, you can’t be making silly challenges.
“That could have cost us tonight. But Arthur has played really well since he came back into the team.”
West Ham actually played better with 10 men than they had with 11 last night, and could have taken the three points if they had been more composed in the final third.
The Hammers still managed to pick up a 0-0 draw though, which can be seen as a positive result, given their numerical disadvantage.
Masuaku’s red is a concern for West Ham, as it means he will be suspended for next weekend’s match, and that could cause Manuel Pellegrini to have to pick the out of sorts Aaron Cresswell to start at left-back.
The Hammers’ draw with Villa has left them sat in eighth place in the Premier League table.
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