Michail Antonio admits playing at right-back for West Ham United is hard work

Michail Antonio has scored five goals in his last nine appearances for West Ham United.

Michail Antonio has admitted to West Ham United’s official site that playing at full-back is hard work.

Antonio was brought to West Ham as a winger, but he has been deployed on the right hand side of defence more recently.

The 25-year-old has had to cover for the likes of Carl Jenkinson, James Tomkins and Sam Byram, who have all been absent of late, and he has performed admirably.

Antonio has still managed to get forward with great aplomb, and the former Nottingham Forest man insists that he will always look to get on the scoresheet - regardless of what position he’s playing.

“It is hard work playing full-back but as a winger, I go up and down anyway, so it's not much of a difference,” he said. “In the game on Sunday, I was still getting up there, still trying to get on the end of Nobes' diagonal balls.

“It’s just one of those things, no matter what position you play me, I'm still going to try to get up there and get a goal. The boys seem solid and hopefully we can keep being consistent and doing what we're doing.”

Antonio had to bide his time for a chance at West Ham, but he has fully established his place in their starting line-up now.

The powerful wide man has netted five goals in his last nine games, helping the Hammers to make a push for a top four spot.

As things stand West Ham are just two points behind the Champions League spaces, with their next match coming against Chelsea at the weekend.

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