West Ham United striker Michael Antonio missed a superb chance late on to win the game against Burnley yesterday.
And David Moyes criticised the 32-year-old after the match.
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The Hammers were held to a 1-1 draw by the Clarets at the London Stadium yesterday afternoon.
It was a hugely disappointing result, especially considering the fact that Arsenal and Tottenham both lost the day before.
West Ham have been flying in the Europa League this season but we haven’t been great in the Premier League for the past six weeks or so.
Michail Antonio’s form in the Europa League has been superb but in stark contrast he has been absolutely woeful in the Premier League.
And Moyes highlighted how he needs the 32-year-old to get back to scoring ways as soon as possible.
Michail Antonio missed chance costs West Ham
The former Nottingham Forest man still works hard and runs himself into the ground.
He is just lacking confidence in front of goal, however, and his barren run has come at the worst possible time.
Moyes spoke to reporters yesterday and criticised Micky for his miss after Nick Pope stopped the West Ham striker from scoring late on in the game, as quoted by WHUFC.com:
“In truth, we should have killed the game off. Even the couple near the end, we had great chances to seal it. Maybe you’d say we had a bit of ill-fortune, but we needed a win today and it’s disappointing we didn’t get it. We need Michail Antonio’s goals because if you’re going to challenge and you want to be at the top, you need to take your opportunities when you make them. Today, we didn’t take our opportunities. We had a great chance and we’ve not taken it. Today was a great opportunity for us and we’ve let that go. I’m gutted with that and I’ve not got a great deal to say about it.”
The onus is on Antonio now to start scoring regularly again.
He doesn’t do himself any favours sometimes. The 32-year-old spoke last week about the time he takes to practice celebrations. If you’re scoring 20 goals every season, you can say those sort of things.
It’s time for Micky to do his talking on the pitch.
The Michail Antonio missed chance cost us the three points in the end yesterday. It’s hard to criticise him too much considering how good he was away in Lyon on Thursday night.
There is no room for sentiment at elite level football though. Antonio needs to start producing the goods in the Premier League if we are to qualify for Europe next season via our league position.