Declan Rice: West Ham still ‘learning’ on European front after Genk draw

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Declan Rice will look upon West Ham United’s draw away at Genk as a learning experience.

While David Moyes’ side weren’t at their best during the first-half of their Europa League meeting at the Cegeka Arena, it’s important to remember that this was a Genk side who had scored 12 goals in the two Jupiler Pro League games heading into the tie on Thursday night.

Crucially, the visitors ensured they remained unbeaten European competition so far after a second-half comeback through Said Benrahma, although were denied a win when Tomas Soucek headed into his own net.

The manner of the first-half performance was undoubtedly disappointing but Rice has urged onlookers to view the result in a wider context.

“We’re still learning, it’s our first time in Europe and we have to find different ways to play against different opposition,” he said (via the club’s official website.)

“We still have two tough games left, we have to go to Vienna and play Zagreb at home, but we want to finish top. We don’t want to come second in the group, we want to finish top and proceed to the next round.”

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