David Moyes makes Michail Antonio admission after West Ham win
David Moyes has lauded Michail Antonio after West Ham beat Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday, but admitted that it was not one of the striker’s best displays – in comments reported by Football London.
What’s the story?
The Hammers secured their first league win since August as they left Elland Road with a 2-1 victory.
They had initially gone behind during the first-half. But two goals after the break saw Moyes’s men snatch the points.
And it was Antonio who broke Leeds hearts in the 90th minute. The striker broke through and slid the ball past Illan Meslier for his fifth in the top-flight.
The goal leaves him joint-top of the Premier League scoring charts. But Moyes suggested that it was not his finest performance this weekend.
“I’ve seen him play better. He missed a couple of chances at the start but when you’re in your centre forward you’re always hoping that an opportunity comes to you to get that goal and then Mickey did it,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“He’s been really terrific for us since he’s become a centre forward. I didn’t think it was his best game, but I certainly thought his finish was magic.”
Antonio continues to prove just how vital he will be to West Ham fortunes this season
West Ham have some outstanding players. Declan Rice played a pivotal role in the winner. Jarrod Bowen meanwhile, had the shot that went in off Junior Firpo for the equaliser.
But Antonio may perhaps be the most vital player in Moyes’s ranks.
West Ham did not sign another striker in the summer. They have potential replacements if Antonio sustains an injury. But surely, no one would strike the same fear into opposition defenders as the 31-year-old does.
Antonio has not yet scored more than 10 league goals in a campaign. He has, so far, managed to reach double figures on two occasions since joining the Hammers.
He is on course to go a long way past those tallies this season.
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