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Antonio joins West Ham fans in taking the Michail out of new carpet but Robert Snodgrass explains why it actually helped

West Ham United fans left the club’s owners in no doubt what they thought of the fuss made over the new claret carpet on Saturday.

The Hammers turned Saturday’s game against Leicester into ‘Claret and Blue Day’ to celebrate the installation of a new carpet surround at the London Stadium.

It comes as West Ham’s hierarchy try to make the controversial stadium feel more like home.

But Hammers fans do not suffer fools gladly.

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Hammers fans not silly

After a string of broken promises over the stadium move West Ham fans have had to watch their bitter rivals Spurs take up residence in a gleaming, world-leading purpose built arena.

And supporters showed exactly what they thought of their supposed ‘upgrade’.

A variety of songs were sung throughout the 90 minutes. And they were joined in taking the Michael out of the carpet by Michail Antonio.

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Antonio ‘gets it’

After scoring a fine header Antonio headed straight for the new pitch surround and promptly laid down to lovingly stroke it.

It showed that Antonio ‘gets it’.

But his teammate Robert Snodgrass has defended the club, insisting the claret carpet does actually help the players.

“The carpet is very good, it’s a proper artificial pitch, so I think it’s very nice,” Snodgrass told

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Snodgrass defends carpet, explains why it helps

“It makes the pitch look smaller, if that makes sense, because they’ve taken all the green away.

“It brings it in and makes it more compact, but today I could say it didn’t feel smaller; it felt bigger because of how hot it was!

“It’s good. They obviously want to keep on doing better things, but the most important thing is the football and we need to bring better results to get the fans onside and give them some cheer.”

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