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Hammer happy we no longer play long ball

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By Hughie Southon

Michail Antonio has declared the Hammers are playing a very different type of game under David Moyes this season particularly against Man City.

The West Ham Way is clearly on its way back and paying dividends given our extra special start to this campaign.

The long ball has gone according to Mike who claims we are now really trying to work our way up the pitch by- playing the kind of football we have all been wanting to see for a very long time and explained why that was why things went well against Man City.

The No9 has had a lot to say since signing his new deal and speaking on the Footballers Football Podcast he said: “This is the first year we’ve kept possession for ourselves.

We were keeping the ball, popping it around them. It wasn’t just us holding out and kicking the ball long – we were trying to work our way up the field.

“Since I’ve been here, it’s probably been the best we’ve been in possession versus City. We’ve played them other times and had opportunities, but possession-wise this is the best we’ve played against them. So we were feeling good.”

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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!"

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