David Moyes has given a positive assessment of West Ham’s Michail Antonio after his performance in the defeat to Arsenal at the weekend, but explained he could have done better with his finishing and that it’s an area to keep improving.
The Hammers suffered a narrow 1-0 away defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League, with Alexander Lacazette scoring a 78th minute winner for the hosts at the Emirates Stadium.
But it’s a game that West Ham know they should have got at least a point out of based off chances in front of goal and ultimately they weren’t clinical enough, so they remain only above the relegation places on goal difference.
Moyes was asked about his attacker Antonio post-match after his display and overall was impressed, but did admit the weakness with his finishing on the day.
“I think Mikey (Antonio) gives us so much, so many things and he has improved, his fitness levels are up, his game is up, he’s improving but you’re talking about the big games and the moments, when you get the chances at Arsenal you need to take them,” Moyes said, as quoted by Football.London.
“Just like the defenders make sure they don’t lose concentration at any time, I just felt like we messed up a good couple of chances to score. Mikey is doing well though.”
West Ham look a better side when they’ve got Antonio in attack, especially when he’s playing close to Sebastien Haller.
But he just had one of those days at the Emirates were nothing went in his way and he will look back with some regret on his individual decisions in goalscoring moments.
The 29-year-old forward messed up his pass to deny Haller a simple tap in, plus he missed his own good chance from close-range in the first-half.
Antonio is going to be crucial during the relegation run-in and he should be able to move on quickly from the weekend’s mixed display, as ultimately his pace and power is still a nightmare for defences.