Slaven Bilic gives clear verdict on Michail Antonio's first West Ham start

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Michail Antonio started for West Ham against Stoke City on Saturday.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told the Daily Mail that Michail Antonio 'did really well' on his full Premier League debut against Stoke City.

Antonio, 25, was a deadline day signing from Championship club Nottingham Forest, where he starred last season with 15 goals in 49 games, before another four goals in five games at the start of this season before his big move to Upton Park.

Noted for his pace and power out wide, the former Reading winger had big expectations on him - but so far he hasn't quite had the impact many imagined.

Before Saturday's game against Stoke, Antonio had played just 91 minutes of Premier League action for West Ham, but he was called upon against Stoke after a number of injuries.

With Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet and Victor Moses all out injured, Antonio was finally handed his first Premier League start in the 0-0 draw against Stoke - and now, manager Bilic has given his view on Antonio's performance.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Bilic stated that he believes Antonio took his chance when it came to him, and is 'really pleased' for the wide man.

"Michail did really well," said Bilic. "He worked hard and has been waiting for his chance. Now he has got it and he used it really well. Sometimes it is hard for a player to come in and take their chance when they get it. But he did exactly that and I am really pleased for him," he added.

With Lanzini, Payet and Moses still out for at least a few weeks yet, Antonio could be in line for more starts over the Christmas period, as he finally bids to show the West Ham supporters what he can do.

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