David Moyes was absolutely delighted after his West Ham team beat Sevilla 2-0 after extra-time at the London Stadium last night.
The Hammers returned from Spain eight days ago having lost 1-0 against Sevilla and with the Europa League last-16 tie finely poised.
And right from the very first whistle last night, it was clear to see that the West Ham players were more than up for the game and more importantly the occasion.
The Hammers were by far the better team not just last night but on the balance of play over the two legs.
The London Stadium was absolutely rocking last night. The players fed off the crowd and vice versa. One player in particular laid absolutely everything on the line, even if everything he tried didn’t quite go to plan…
Moyes raves about West Ham ace after Sevilla win
The Scot was an incredibly proud man after his team beat La Liga’s current second best team.
Not only did we beat them but we didn’t let them breath and smothered them for the entire 120 minutes. We should have won by more goals in all honesty.
Michail Antonio led the line with aplomb despite having left the pitch with an injury on Sunday during our win over Aston Villa.
The 31-year-old offers so much to this West Ham team and he was a constant menace for the Villa players to deal with last night.
Moyes praised Antonio when speaking to reporters, and quoted via Football.London:
“Michail Antonio’s performance considering his fitness issues was phenomenal. When he came off on Sunday I did not think he would make it or Aaron Cresswell either, but when Mich realised it was not his hamstring but it was an abductor injury he felt much more confident about giving it a go and playing, not only that he played 120 minutes as well so it was a great effort from him. There were bits of his performance that were a bit messy but others that made him look a real handful. He had a great chance in the first half before we scored, so we had one or two chances but the game was tight for both teams.”
Antonio is far from perfect but boy is he a handful when he’s on form.
If he could just add a bit of composure in front of goal and more finesse to his all around play then he would be a 20-goal a season man.
The Sevilla defenders really wouldn’t have enjoyed playing against Antonio last night. He gave their back four a real run around for the entire 120 minutes. And that is testament to his fitness and mental fortitude, having been doubtful for the match prior to kick-off.