Michail Antonio delivers defiant West Ham verdict after defeat to Chelsea
By Matt Farr
Michail Antonio believes West Ham dominated the game against Chelsea despite their 2-1 defeat on Monday.
The 26-year-old winger was forced to watch the performance from the sidelines following his dismissal in the 1-1 draw with Watford the previous weekend, but admitted that it was hard to watch.
He revealed to the Evening Standard that West Ham had run the game, only to be dealt a hammer blow on the counter attack after one slight mistake.
Antonio said: “I hate having to watch and didn’t really know what to do with myself when I was watching the game.
“We started off so well against Chelsea and had a lot of possession. I thought we were running the game, and then one slight mistake led to a counter-attack and they punished us.
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“I think we lost to the champions. They are a good team – a good attacking team – and that’s why they’re clear by a few points at the top of the table.”
The Chelsea defeat was only the second Premier League game that Antonio has missed this season, having become an instrumental figure for West Ham this season.
Antonio has scored eight goals and supplied five assists from 25 league appearances, leading the way for the Hammers in the absence of a prolific goalscorer, as well as creative spark Dimitri Payer, who quit the club in January.
West Ham currently occupy 11th place in the Premier League table with 11 fixtures remaining, and have failed to win in their last three outings.
The next item on the agenda is a trip to Bournemouth, and Antonio’s return will be a major boost for West Ham.
Antonio found the back of the net when the two sides last met in August, scoring the game’s only goal in a narrow 1-0 victory for the hosts.
In other West Ham news, here are three things to expect from the Hammers when they face Bournemouth.