West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini finally bowed to fan pressure and played Michail Antonio alongside Sebastien Haller for this evening’s clash with Southampton.

And the two forwards really forged a dangerous partnership.

The Hammers looked much more menacing, and posed an entirely different threat through the middle.

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Michail Antonio (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Haller, 25, looked more like the player who West Ham thought they had signed in the summer. And Antonio’s pace and power gives the Hammers something that they do not otherwise possess.

The east London outfit looked like a team who should be nowhere near the bottom three. The question must be asked : Why on earth has Pellegrini not tried the 4-4-2 before?

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Sebastien Haller (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The French hitman signed for £45 million in the summer scored to put West Ham 1-0 up after fine work from Antonio.

And his confidence will have received a huge boost having scored just one goal in his last 13 games in all competitions.

Some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to Haller and Antonio’s fine displays…

 

And the tweets kept coming…

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