You beauty: Twitter reacts as West Ham star silences critics with late winner
By Will Butcher
West Ham fans have expressed their delight on Twitter as Michail Antonio gave the Hammers their first Premier League win of the season against Bournemouth.
The 26-year-old silenced critics on Sunday afternoon by heading home a cross from new signing Gokhan Tore, to give the East London side their first domestic goal, and three points, at the London Stadium.
Antonio’s goal, which sent home fans into raptures in the 84th-minute, comes after the Englishman was subjected to criticism following his poor performance against Chelsea.
The winger gave the ball away before conceding a penalty as Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners in Antonio Conte’s first game as manager of the Blues.
Fans reacted emphatically on Twitter, after a tough week that has seen the Hammers lose star men Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew to injury.
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Here are a selection of their tweets:
Antonio you little beauty! #WHUFC
— Peter Horner (@peterhorner1867) August 21, 2016
Michail Antonio has been a revelation for West Ham since joining. Hard to believe that he once played for Tooting & Mitcham United. #WHUFC
— Liam (@BekkerLiam) August 21, 2016
— Greg Oram (@greg_oram) August 21, 2016
Play Antonio in the right position he scores goals! Simple. #WHUFC
— Jack Luff (@jack_luff) August 21, 2016
First goal scorer at the London Stadium is Michail Antonio. Remember that one for your sports round in future pub quizzes. #WHUFC
— Ian Mitchelmore (@IanMitchelmore) August 21, 2016
— Jacob Murphy (@JakeMurphy43) August 21, 2016
Pleased for Tore along with Antonio. Great cross. Nothing wrong with non-inverted wingers sometimes! #whufc
— Stuart Jones (@StudiniJones) August 21, 2016
Antonio joined for £8million last summer and eight Premier League goals in 26 appearance led to many fans calling for Roy Hodgson to call him up to England’s Euro 2016 squad.
The former Nottingham Forest man played a major role in West Ham’s successful Premier League campaign last year, as the Hammers earned a seventh-placed finish.
In other West Ham news, fans have also reacted after striker Andy Carroll was ruled out for up to 6 weeks.