By Matt Farr
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has hailed the dedication of winger Michail Antonio following the victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Antonio provided assists for all the goals in a resounding 3-0 victory over Palace in the Premier League, but Brady admitted that he was a doubt to feature at all.
She revealed on Twitter after the game that the England winger had been in bed with the flu on Friday, but had jumped back into action for his side.
Michail Antonio was in bed with flu yesterday, got out of bed pulled on his shirt & played magnificently today – that's dedication for you
— Lady Karren Brady (@karren_brady) January 14, 2017
Several West Ham fans considered Brady’s Twitter message to be a subtle dig at another Hammers senior player, Dimitri Payet, who has declared his intention to quit the club this month.
Payet announced earlier in the week that he no longer wanted to play for West Ham, and he was omitted from the match squad to face Crystal Palace.
Brady, meanwhile, had already caused a stir on Twitter on Saturday, after her disrespectful comments towards Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
The Spurs goalscorer took to social media to a week ago to welcome the birth of his first child, but in her column for the Sun on Saturday, criticised Kane for ‘taking credit’ for the birth, as well as his grammar.
Despite West Ham’s mixed campaign, Antonio has been a consistent star performer – scoring goals, creating chances, and often playing out of position.
From 27 appearances in all competitions this term, the 26-year-old has now scored eight goals and chalked up four assists.
In other West Ham news, Andy Carroll’s wonder-strike against Palace cannot excuse the Hammers their overlying problems.