West Ham earned a vital three points away at Watford yesterday, and Michail Antonio’s introduction after 55 minutes proved to be the turning point for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

The 29-year-old’s pace and power proved to be a real problem for the Hornets, and he showed Pellegrini why he must be starting every week.

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Michail Antonio (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Hammers have now taken four points from their opening three games, and that is already a massive improvement upon their start last season.

Pellegrini spent heavily in the summer. The Chilean brought in big money signings Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller.

And many were tipping West Ham for a top seven finish.

The Hammers were ripped apart by Manchester City on the opening day, however, and drew 1-1 away at Brighton the following weekend.

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Manuel Pellegrini (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

And West Ham fans were left wondering whether they would be in for another disappointing campaign.

That’s why yesterday’s win at Watford was so important. It has given the players and fans renewed hope, and it would be no surprise to see them beat Norwich City next week.

West Ham fans were obviously delighted with yesterday’s win, and some of them took to Twitter, praising Michail Antonio for his display:

 

 

Antonio, who earns £70,000 per week according to Spotrac, seems to be well up for it this season, and Pellegrini will surely be tempted to play him from the start against Norwich City next week.

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