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Antonio admits West Ham ‘complacency’

Michail Antonio admits that West Ham haven’t been good enough!

The Irons beat Arsenal 1-0 in December but have lost their last three in all competitions, against Bournemouth, Wimbledon and Wolves.

Antonio says he found it difficult to sleep after the defeat to Wolves and believes that complacency has crept in at the London Stadium.

He told Sky Sports: “It pains me. I struggled to sleep that night after the game, especially the way we lost the game, no shots on target. It’s hard to take.

“In hindsight, it’s just complacency. We’ve won against Arsenal, we were on a good run. The games we’ve lost are the games where people say we should win.

“Complacency creeps in because when you’re playing the top six teams you know you’re in a game. When you’re playing the team around you, you kind of feel, especially if you’ve beaten a top six team before, you’re thinking ‘we’ve beaten Arsenal so we can very likely beat this team today’.

“The things we did against Arsenal, we just don’t do against the teams around us.”

The Irons face table-toppers Liverpool on Monday before back-to-back London derbies against Crystal Palace and Fulham.

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6 comments on “Antonio admits West Ham ‘complacency’

  1. antonio is getting slaughterer for saying that ..but to solve a problem you have to work out what the problem is…if the media continue to slate players for speaking there mind they will all eventually just keep quite and we will have no more pointless drivel to read.

  2. Someone needs to stop these players doing interviews after a bad run of form or a loss. I appreciate the honesty but hes actually admitting complacency here and throwing his own teammates under a bus by saying they only turn up against the top teams. This is just embarrassing.

  3. What an idiot ..well it looks like we are back to the normal West ham… Players are coming out with this rubbish … Is the season nearly over …

  4. It’s worrying I expect a better attitude from the players.

  5. They should be up for every match and work their socks off.In reality you would never believe that the team that beat Arsenal is the same one that has dished up the rubbish we have seen lately.They are playing for their futures as the competition for places hots up as our crippling injury list subsides but in reality a lot of them look resigned to the fact that they will not be here next season so why bother when the team is in the Rarified atmosphere of mid table.

  6. Bournemouth’s loss at Cardiff after playing Chelsea off the park shows that we are not the only team that is inconsistent

    I feel that Antonio and Snoddgrass in the second half of the AFC Wimbledon fiasco both played their hearts out

    Maybe he was just trying to show that he cares – with the comment that he struggled to sleep after the Wolves game.

    In this modern era of social media players will often say things that might not be sensible to us – let them prove themselves on the field of play and let us also judge them on how they perform on the field of play and take the many platitudes that players – and managers – trot out as a curse of modernity

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