West Ham star Antonio calls for perspective over pre-season results, insists they won't flop in Europa League

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejected

West Ham United star Michail Antonio calls for perspective over the club's pre-season results and insists they won't flop in the Europa League again.

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejectedWest Ham's Michail Antonio

The Hammers are still waiting for their first pre-season win after losing 3-0 to Seattle Sounders and drawing 2-2 with Carolina Railhawks in the USA before mirror results in Austria with a 2-2 draw against Czech side Slovacko and 3-0 defeat to Russian midtable team Rubin Kazan.

That is despite Slaven Bilic fielding some strong line-ups including the likes of captain Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell, Antonio, Andy Carroll, Gokhan Tore and impressive new signing Sofiane Feghouli.

While many fans take pre-season for what it is, this modern age of social media means every result is reported and scrutinised.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet looks dejectedWest Ham's Dimitri Payet

'Nothing without Payet'

Hammers fans have faced ridicule on Twitter for their results with supporters of other clubs suggesting they are 'nothing without Dimitri Payet'.

And with the first leg of their all-important Europa League third round qualifier against Slovenian side FC Domzale taking place next Thursday night it has left many Hammers fans, 52,000 of whom have signed up for season tickets at the club's new 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium, feeling somewhat concerned.

Michail Antonio celebrates with Mark Noble after scoring the second goal for West HamMichail Antonio celebrates with Hammers captain Mark Noble

'We want to go as far as we can'

But Antonio has called for some perspective in an interview with the club's official website, and insists they won't bow out to European minnows again like they did last season.

“This camp is what you need at this time of year,” he told whufc.com.

“All you’ve got to do is concentrate on getting ready for the season and making sure we start well.

“Right now we’re out here getting ready and getting fit to push on and ensure we start the season raring to go.

“This week is all about preparing for the Europa League game next week. That’s what we’re doing, we want to go as far as we can in it.”

Picture Supplied by Action Images *** Local Caption *** 2008-07-30T205222Z_01_LJU03_RTRIDSP_3_SOCCER-CHAMPIONS.jpgDomzale are managed by a club legend Luka Elsner (yellow kit)

What do we know about West Ham's Europa League opponents Domzale?

Founded in 1921, originally as SK Disk, Domzale are nicknamed Ravbarji (The Brigands) or Rumeni (The Yellows).

They play at Sports Park, Dom┼żale which has a tiny capacity of just 2,813 and are managed by one-time Slovenia international Luka Elsner, a Domzale legend.

Domzale have won both the Slovenian League and the Slovenian Supercup twice and the Slovenian Cup once and like Shakhtyor Soliogorsk are more experienced in European competition than West Ham in recent years having played Europa League football in four of the last five seasons.

For any West Ham fans planning on travelling to Slovenia should Domzale emerge victorious, the average cost of a meal there is under £6 per head while domestic beer costs £1.84 and imported beer £2.51 per bottle on average.

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