The winger came on for Felipe Anderson at half-time in the 2-3 defeat to Tottenham at London Stadium and, after his side had gone three goals behind, he got the Hammers off the mark in the final 20 minutes, as noted by @WestHam on Twitter.
Antonio lashes the ball into the bottom corner to make it 3-1. #WHUTOT 1-3 (74)
— West Ham United (@WestHam) November 23, 2019
Anderson’s ineffective first half display saw him fail to register a shot or a successful dribble, whereas Antonio’s goal was one of two shots on target and three in total for the 29-year-old, having also clocked three successful dribbles and drawing three fouls. [via WhoScored]
He came on to make his first appearance since August, having been ruled out for the last three months with a hamstring injury (as per whufc.com), and made an immediate impact upon his return to action.
These West Ham fans on Twitter lauded Antonio’s display on another bad day for their team:
We’ve missed him
— Brian Richardson 🇪🇺 (@BrianPointy) November 23, 2019
Give him 300k a week
— Connor (@Terry_Connor98) November 23, 2019
Amazing what happens when you attack, shame we left it until the 72nd minute though. Antonio’s one of the only ones that actually cares
— James Gunn (@jamesgunn_) November 23, 2019
@Michailantonio 👏👏 can you explain to the other forwards what’s needed
— Staffordshire Martyn (@martyn66m) November 23, 2019
Outplaying his £45million teammate three times over.
— Steve Riley (@TheSteveRiley) November 23, 2019
One of the few that seems to really care 😔
— Chaz Braxton Cole ⚒ (@Chaz_B_Cole) November 23, 2019
Yes but unlike a few seasons where we have been able to rely on one or two key players, we dont have that luxury anymore. Players need to pull their fingers out like Antonio has. They could learn a bit about effort, drive and commitment from him.
— Ryan Halmkan (@Ryan_Halmkan) November 23, 2019
Only person who actually cares
— Jacob (@JacobC2018) November 23, 2019
Should have played him from the start. The only player who looks up for it
— ⚒ Terry ⚒ (@terrypateman84) November 23, 2019
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