Hammers vice-captain Declan Rice was of course delighted to start the year with a win following our 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace, however was quick to state that we must look to improve.

It wasn’t a comfortable win at Selhurst Park despite leading 3-0 at half time, with the hint side posing a constant threat which our Irons did well to see through to victory.

“It was very tough,” said Rice. “If you look at the game, in the first half we were probably luck to be in at 3-0 because of the chances they had, and then second half, we always talk about it as a team, that we need to be more confident, step up and put a bit more pressure onto them, but we sat back and gave away two sloppy goals.

“But, in the end, it’s three points, we’ve started the New Year well and we need to continue to build and be better.

“If you look at the schedule we’ve had, it’s been crazy, and we’ve done great to come out on top of it.

“They went up top with two strikers and with the atmosphere they have here at Selhurst Park, they can almost suck a goal in with the crowd.

“They were a handful, but we stood up to it. Obviously we didn’t want to concede the two goals, but in the end we stood strong and got the three points we wanted.”