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Antonio clinches points but it should have been easier



Match verdict by Hugh Southon


A win’s a win but we could have done with seeing the team play with the sort of intensity demonstrated by Mikey Antonio who left the action utterly exhausted.

What a star the man is and once again you have to make him man of the match on a night when the Hammers didn’t create enough and in the end were playing a what we have we hold game.

And let’s not call a spade a shovel, against a team like these Baggies you are really waiting for the boys to give them a hammering. They really aren’t very good,

(Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images )

In the end two fabulous goals from Jarrod Bowen and Mikey settled things to give us the biggest number of points we have ever had in our Premier League history at this stage of the zeason.

We did enough and were always the better team but fair play to Albion they grabbed a brilliant equaliser through Matheus Pereira.

But the reality is the  west midlands outfit had very little to offer and we tended to make hard work of it at times.

A valuable win – not one we will remember at the end of the season – but here we are about six or eight points from safety and right now anything seems possible.


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

6 comments on “Antonio clinches points but it should have been easier

  1. 32 points after 19 games against a team that are tough to beat we should know this seen as we’ve watched us grind out a 0-0 draw under the same man against a fair few teams be it good or bad teams! 19th century football sure you remember that haha. Please be more positive we have a great option of attacking players (Yarmalenko ain’t bad sometimes is he) and we’re solid and let me just say this again.

    32 points after 19 games

    • Yeah, I also gave it thought just after the final whistle: just 8 points off the 40 that supposedly sees off any relegation worries. We rock! And it’s progressive rock, if you ask me. After all the likes of Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes and King Crimson were all top notch bands. And now? Quite the same on the pitch: Fabiański, Ogbonna, Rice and Antonio. Bright days ahead.

    • It was a poor performance tbh. Scrappy and almost everyone below their normal standards. Rice was trying to hard to score,Benrhama not able to wriggle through from the left. Cresswell and Coufal gave the ball away to much bit battled back as a unit to get the ball back. Antonio shows us what we are missing when the team is not playing well. Two good goals and finishes. Don’t know why Moyes needed 6 defenders and Noble on the subs bench. Holland and Mipo would of been an alternative.

      3 more points but WBA are not hard to beat if you attack them,we started to slow and didn’t create enough.

  2. We deserved to win and we did. Managing to win a lot of tight games this season – mostly because we are pretty tight defensively, so always in games. One goal is normally enough to draw or win the way things are going. May just be me but I thought we lost it a bit in the last 15 minutes of the game- didn’t keep it well enough and no one could keep it up the pitch after Mikey came off. We really do need to find cover there or it will cost us. They had 2 good chances to equalise. Antonio and Rice were both excellent tonight

  3. Complaining when we are winning.How things have changed in 12 Months.

  4. Decisive subbing when needed and not Jarrod!!! Benrahma still learning about the Prem – move the ball quickly and simply, don’t need a trick, a turn or a worldy dribble to prove you can. Lovely jubbly to be commenting on a winning team!!

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