By Amir Mir
Michail Antonio has stated that he is “embarrassed” by West Ham’s 3-2 loss to Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening.
The Hammers conceded two late goals in the dying minutes as Spurs striker Harry Kane maintained the home side’s unbeaten record this season in dramatic style.
Forward Antonio had put the visitors ahead in the first-half, with Harry Winks levelling the scores after the break.
Manuel Lanzini did restore the Irons lead as they deservedly went ahead in a highly charged London derby.
But three minutes of madness saw Kane level the scores a minute before time and he then converted from the penalty spot in stoppage time to secure the three points.
“I don’t even know what to say,” said Antonio, as quoted by Sky Sports. “I feel embarrassed because we know the importance of this game to the fans.
“We’ve done well, we’ve got the lead, they’ve come back, we’ve got the lead again and we’ve held out until the last seven minutes of the game.
“If we’d held on, we’d have got a good win for the team, moved up the table and moved on, but instead we made mistakes. We thought we’d won the game but we switched off.”
Versatile attacker Antonio has scored six goals this season, all headers, from 12 Premier League games.
But despite his fine start to the 2016-17 campaign, Bilic’s men have struggled on the pitch as they are one place and one point above the relegation zone.
The east London club have recorded 11 points from 12 games, winning three, drawing two and losing seven fixtures.
Additionally, they have conceded 23 goals this term, only Hull, who are in the relegation zone, have conceded more goals.
The games are set to get tougher for the London side as they travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United for their next league fixture, before hosting Arsenal the following week and then taking on Liverpool at Anfield on December 11.
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