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Moyes on Mikey “barren spell”

David Moyes admits that Mikey Antonio is going through a “barren spell” in front of goal as the Hammers prepare to take on Chelsea this weekend.

The Hammers striker has struggled to hit the back of the net in recent weeks and has not scored in the league since the clash with Spurs back in October.

Antonio has gone five games without a goal, as a result, with the Hammers winning two of those games, against Aston Villa and Liverpool, losing two, against Wolves and Manchester City, and drawing with Brighton.

It is a concerning run for the striker but Moyes insists that he doesn’t have that many concerns over his ability to score goals, given that he has six league goals this season in 13 games.

Speaking ahead of the clash with the Blues, the Hammers boss said, as per Football.London: “Centre-forwards can go through barren spells. Mic has been a little unlucky, the keeper made a great save from him. He is really important for us, he is our focal point and has been important and I am hoping we can get him back in form.

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“Strikers just need to keep getting in there and get chance, let’s hope Mic continues to get chances.”

Chelsea have been in excellent form and remain a point clear at the top of the Premier League table.

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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.