Declan Rice revels in ‘special’ West Ham after scoring in romp past Aston Villa - but demands more from side

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Declan Rice believes West Ham have a “special group” after their fine start to the season continued with victory at Aston Villa.

The Hammers are now fourth in the Premier League after ten games and they are level on points with Manchester City.

West Ham ran out 4-1 winners over Aston Villa on Sunday, with Ben Johnson, Rice, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen all getting on the scoresheet.

The Hammers are also flying high in Europe and they are top of their Europa League group ahead of a trip to Genk on Thursday.

“It's a special group at the minute, a special environment. We wake up looking forward to training,” Rice told Sky Sports.

“Every game, we've been in it until the end. It's a special place to play. We’re over the moon.

"I can definitely add [goals] to my game, I have [three] this season. It doesn’t get better with the feeling of scoring a goal. I really love playing away, you are in someone else’s stadium and get the away fans.

"We won 4-1 but we were so sloppy in the second-half. We gave the ball away so much. The manager won’t be happy. There were times we could have countered and gave it away.

"We are joint-third. The big question people asked before the season was whether we could do it again. We’ve found out we can. But still a lot more games to go. This is the level, the standard. We can’t drop if we want to be a big team.”

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