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Moyes lays down Mikey gauntlet

David Moyes has laid down the gauntlet to Mikey Antonio, insisting that he has to start scoring goals regularly again.

The Hammers are fourth in the league when it comes to goals scored but sit fifth in the table, two points behind Manchester United.

This Saturday’s clash with Newcastle is vital, then, if the Irons want to continue their push for Champions League qualification, but they are up against a Newcastle team in excellent form; they have won all of their last three games.

Getting Mikey on the scoresheet would be a huge help to the Irons, but he has been struggling to hit the back of the net in recent weeks.

He has scored eight Premier League goals this season but he hasn’t hit the back of the net since the clash with Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.

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That means the Jamaica international has gone five games without a goal in the top-flight, and Moyes admits that he has to start scoring again soon.

Speaking to reporters, as per Football.London, he said: “I want him to get on the goalscoring sheet regularly. We’re fourth in the Premier League as goals scored goes. Generally, any football manager would probably want the goals to be shared around because it shows you can score from different areas.

“I want to get Mick back to the levels because he’s really important. We’re just beginning to see little bits which are giving us encouragement he’s getting back and I don’t think it’ll be too long before he’s back on the scoresheet.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.