As West Ham United took a hammer dent in their quest to qualify for Europe at the end of the season, drawing 1-1 at Brighton and Hove Albion, many Irons supporters weren’t impressed with the performance of striker Michail Antonio.
David Moyes’ side are now one point behind fifth-placed Liverpool while playing a game more, with the Hammers’ trip to Brighton coming as a crucial match in the race for Europe (BBC).
Indeed, West Ham needed all three points to realistically keep the Champions League dream alive but ended up managing to only just snatch a draw in the last portion of the game.
Seagulls striker Danny Welbeck scored the opening goal six minutes from full time, with Moyes’ men then chasing the game. Luckily, substitute Said Benrahma was on hand to level for the Hammers with a brilliant effort, but the result overall feels more like a missed opportunity.
Some West Ham fans on social media aimed their displeasure at ineffective forward Antonio in particular, and it’s not hard not to see why judging by his numbers. As per SofaScore, the 31-year-old failed to register a single shot on target and missed a big chance, all while giving the ball away 15 times over the 90 minutes.
Here’s how supporters reacted to his “shocking” performance, with one angry fan calling him a “headless chicken”.
West Ham fans blast Antonio
“Yet he persisted with an utterly useless Antonio.”
“Going forward West Ham, Bowen and Antonio headless chickens, brain dead variety come on wow get rid”
“Antonio’s worst game of the season by my reckoning.”
“Antonio is such a donkey, had to come off he was nowhere near it tonight”
“I’m sorry, but this has been poor. It was always on the cards. Antonio and Lingard have been shocking.”
“Unpopular as this is Antonio has been terrible last two games gives away the ball and his passing is well ! and looks unfit again, Why on the wing Moyes ? We don’t deserve Europe football and Lingard ain’t worth 20 million”
“Antonio terrible, didn’t offer enough threat, aside from possibly hitting ground staff in the stands! Cresswell awful, has 1 foot, offers nothing but the occasional assist & video reel pass! Not signing a Striker in January has completely killed our challenge for top 4!”
“Antonio been bad today”
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