West Ham’s Michail Antonio vows to push for first-team place

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The winger has also insisted that West Ham United will not get carried away.

Speaking to the club’s official website, West Ham United winger Michail Antonio said that he will continue to fight for a first-team place this season.

The winger, signed from Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day this summer, has so far had to content himself with appearances from the bench.

That looks likely to continue as well, with rival Victor Moses in particular impressing in Saturday’s win over Manchester City, while Dimitri Payet is a definite starter and Manuel Lanzini has also started well.

Antonio, though, has said that he loves the challenge that is currently in front of him.

"It's a challenge, and I love a challenge,” he told whufc.com. "We've got quality forwards so hopefully I can keep pushing them, keep knocking on the door, and hopefully my opportunity will come.

"I'm not a person to speculate and see the future. I'm a person who says: next game, concentrate on that.”

Not getting carried away

The winger has also insisted that he and his West Ham teammates will not be resting on their laurels despite a superb start to the season.

Slaven Bilic’s side’s 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad was their third successive away win this season, with them having beaten both Arsenal and Liverpool on the road as well.

West Ham currently sit on 12 points from 18 and in the top four after six games, but Antonio has said that they won’t be getting excited and saying they’ll win the league but simply focus on their game against Norwich next.

"We're not going to get excited and say we're going to win the league,” he added. “We're just going to come out and take every game as it goes.

"Our next game is Norwich in the league, and we're going to go out and try and get three points there.”

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