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Mikey reckons Brighton game is “a weird one”

Mikey Antonio is determined that he and the rest of the squad approach the remainder of the season with total professionalism.

Whilst many may have written off the club’s Champions League hopes the main man on so many occasions isn’t ready to do so.

Injuries have hit the squad really badly over the last few weeks and it’s a credit to all of the lads that they have maintained their position in the top six.

And having missed games with those dodgy hammies, the No 30 is determined to finish with a big flourish starting at Brighton tomorrow afternoon(Sat).

Talking to www.whufc.com he said: “In 2015/16, we beat lots of the top six teams, but we lost to the teams that were below us or weren’t around us.

“This season we’ve done well where, although we’ve not done the best against the top six, we’ve done well against almost everyone that’s below us. 

“We believe that, coming into these last three matches, they are must-win games for us because, mathematically, we’re not ruled out of the Champions League and are in a good position to get into Europe. 

“Obviously, we want to finish the season on a high because it’s been an unbelievable one, so we need to be professional until the end.”

Despite missing a number of key players, the Irons have continued to play well, fighting back from two goals down with ten men against Newcastle and having almost 70 per cent of the possession against Everton.

Mike said: “We’ve not played badly at all and we’ve had quite a few injuries as well. We’ve had injuries all the way through the season. 

“Over the last four games we’ve picked up a big amount – I, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Arthur Masuaku, Declan Rice and Andriy Yarmolenko have all been out – and we haven’t got a massive squad, so we can’t afford to have so many players missing. 

“That’s affected our results over the last four games, but we’ve got players coming back, so we’re going strong into the last few games.
Michail Antonio

Brighton have played unbelievable football all season, they’ve just not had that finishing touch sometimes.

“Now they’re safe, it’s one of those games where it’s a weird one – we don’t know whether they’re going to be more relaxed, or they’re going to come into a game where they’ve got no pressure on them, and can be a freely attacking team. 

“We’re going to go there, be professional, and do the job that needs to be done.”

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