David Moyes mocks Michail Antonio’s artificial intelligence as the West Ham star was kept off the plastic pitch after wearing trainers.

Moyes had highlighted his concerns over Silkeborg’s synthetic pitch ahead of last night’s Europa Conference League victory in Denmark.

The Hammers did things the hard way, coming from behind to lead 3-1 only to endure a nervy finish when they allowed the hosts to get the score back to 3-2.

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West Ham got the win despite several players struggling to adapt to the MX Ultimate surface.

One player who felt he was prepared more than most to make that adaptation was striker Antonio.

Antonio was spotted in the warm-up wearing AstroTurf trainers rather than the usual moulded stud boots.

While it was something of an odd sight, Antonio felt that was the most appropriate footwear. And it is difficult to argue given AstroTurf boots are made for playing on AstroTurf?

But argue Moyes did after the game when it was put to him about Antonio’s choice of footwear.

And the Scot’s response suggested his very real concerns over that choice were more than likely the reason Antonio was not used in the match ahead of the important game at Everton on Sunday.

Moyes mocked Antonio’s artificial intelligence as the West Ham star was kept off the plastic pitch after wearing trainers.

“He was wearing his school shoes yesterday – we said to him, ‘it’s like when you go to school to PE and everybody’s got their kit but you’re the boy whose forgot their training shoes’,” Moyes said in his post-match press conference when asked about concerns over Antonio’s footwear (Football.London).

West Ham United v FCSB: Group B - UEFA Europa Conference League
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“He was wearing AstroTurf boots, you’d just wear mouldies or studs but he was wearing AstroTurf shoes. I said ‘what are you doing?’

“It was his choice. He felt that was the best footwear for him. They didn’t look correct.

“Yes, he would (have worn them if he played). That’s what he thought he was playing in.

“We told him yesterday (we didn’t think he should wear them) but obviously, you want the players to wear what they feel comfortable in and he felt that was the best footwear for him. I didn’t actually see that (it was the best choice) but that is what the player thought.

“Yes, I think so (it would have been allowed) because it is an artificial surface. It’s the old AstroTurf boots or shoes we used to have years ago. Most of the players now, you can see, are used to it. None of the Silkeborg players will have worn them.”


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