40 touches, 5 shots: How promising was West Ham's Antonio versus Stoke?

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West Ham United drew 0-0 at home to Premier League opponents Stoke City.

West Ham United’s Michail Antonio was superb throughout as his side drew 0-0 with Stoke City.

The Hammers headed into the clash with a number of injuries to key players, a factor which has hindered their ability to turn domination into victory in recent weeks.

And against Stoke it was no different, with the hosts knocking on the door for much of the game but finding no way through as luck in-front of goal deserted them.

It was a decent performance regardless of the result for West Ham, and Antonio in particular was a big plus as he put in a superb display on his first start for the club since joining from Nottingham Forest.

  ShotsKey PassesTake-onsTotal CrossesTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Michail Antonio 5 2 4 6 40 6 3 83

As per the table provided by Opta, the former Nottingham Forest winger was heavily involved throughout as he contributed in a number of key categories.

Antonio, selected in place of the injured Victor Moses, actually appeared West Ham’s best attacking outlet at times and he notched as many as five efforts on goal.

Despite still being raw in regards to Premier League football, his pace and power caused Stoke all sorts of problems and he provided two key passes, four successful take-ons and six crosses.

One area for improvement, however, is his ability to make the right decisions when necessary and at times he was a bit rushed, illustrated by only managing six accurate passes throughout.

But there is plenty for Slaven Bilic to work with there, and the signs are certainly promising. The draw leaves the Hammers in eighth position in the table, but without a win in six league games.

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