Micah Richards absolutely raved about Michail Antonio after West Ham drew 2-2 with Manchester City at the London Stadium yesterday afternoon.

The Hammers led 2-0 at the half-time break but Manchester City came out rejuvenated in the second-half and looked like a completely different side.

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The Man City players obviously got the hairdryer treatment from Pep Guardiola and they ended up drawing the match 2-2.

David Moyes would have been pleased with the point in the end. It secured us European football for the second consecutive season for the first time in our history as a club.

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If the Hammers finish in seventh, which is the worst that we can do now, it will mean we qualify for the UEFA Conference League next term. And should we beat Brighton and Manchester United fail to win against Crystal Palace on the final day next weekend, West Ham will finish in sixth spot and qualify for the Europa League again.

One of the key reasons behind our success this season has been Michail Antonio. Sure, he hasn’t been anywhere near his best since the turn of the year but he always occupies the opposition’s defenders, even when he’s not scoring.

Micah Richards raves about West Ham ace after performance vs Manchester City

The 32-year-old Hammers attacker actually put in one of his better performances for quite some time yesterday.

He gave Fernandinho the runaround and would have capped off a superb display had he scored when he was presented with a fantastic opportunity midway through the second-half. Antonio tried to lob Ederson but his shot sailed wide of the post.

Micah Richards raved about the West Ham ace’s display against Manchester City, when speaking on Sky Sports yesterday (Sunday May 15th, 4:07pm):

Micah Richards raves about West Ham ace Michail Antonio after his performance vs Manchester City
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“Antonio absolutely run them ragged. He was so strong, buying fouls, bringing people into play. He didn’t get his goal but…”

Richards is spot on – Antonio was a total menace for Man City yesterday.

It’s just a shame that he couldn’t find the back of the net when West Ham were leading 2-1.

Signing a striker will be vital for Hammers boss David Moyes this summer. Not only does Antonio need some cover but he needs real competition as well. A top-class centre-forward coming in will undoubtedly help take Micky’s game to another level entirely.

Micah Richards praising the West Ham ace’s display against Manchester City is evidence of just how good he can be on his day.

Let’s hope that Antonio improves next season as well.

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