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West Ham: Michail Antonio a complete monster against Sevilla

When West Ham United left the Boleyn Ground for what was formally known as the Olympic Stadium, GSB had promised a greater future for the Hammers.

However, after moving into their home, the team appeared to be reduced to rubble, resembling that of their old stadium at Upton Park.

They were down at the foot of the table and battling relegation until David Moyes’ rescue act.

The job he has done in east London is nothing short of miraculous, transforming West Ham from a rather mediocre outfit into one that now fancies themselves against any side in Europe.

Time and time again this group of players finds a way to tear up the script and indeed, this was perhaps the best moment in the club’s history since moving stadiums.

Speaking at full-time, Michail Antonio could barely contain his excitement, exclaiming: “The only atmosphere close to this was the last day at the Boleyn Ground.”

Who was West Ham's MOTM last night?

Rice

Rice

Antonio

Antonio

With that in mind, the club’s 2-0 win over Sevilla on Thursday evening was clearly a very special occasion. They never gave up, once again defying the doubters to reach the last eight of the Europa League.

They now have a wonderful chance of going all the way, writing themselves into European folklore in the process.

There are a number of players who the fans will owe gratitude after Thursday night. Tomas Soucek and Andriy Yarmolenko scored the important goals but Declan Rice ran the show in the middle of the park.

Yet, this result would not have come about without Antonio. The bullish forward has only found the net once in his last 13 outings but he was absolutely sensational against the Spanish side.

Previously labelled as a “complete monster” by journalist Paul Brown, the Jamaica international certainly lived up to that tag in midweek.

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The 31-year-old was an injury doubt heading into the game but passed a late fitness test and would go on to play a staggering 119 minutes of the clash on Thursday.

In that time, he bullied and harassed the Sevilla backline on numerous occasions, shrugging opponents to one side with his almighty strength.

He played a crucial hand in securing passage to the next round as it was his delightful ball to the back post for Soucek to head home that got the ball rolling.

A constant menace in the final third, Antonio found it impossible to give up lost causes, completing an eye-catching six dribbles and being fouled twice according to SofaScore.

Furthermore, the ex-Nottingham Forest man was as strong as an ox, successfully winning 12 of his aerial and ground duels throughout the encounter. For context, no player won more than the Hammers striker.

It was a famous night not only for West Ham but also for Antonio who surpassed ten goals and ten assists in one season for the first time in his Irons career. That stat means he is the first person to do so at the club since Dimitri Payet in 2015-16 who ended the term with 12 goals and 15 assists.

Although he didn’t score, the tormenting attacker more than played his part during what can surely be described as the best evening in West Ham’s recent history.

AND in other news, Moyes must ruthlessly axe £113k-p/w deadwood this summer, it’s costing WHU millions…

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