Michail Antonio stands firm over London Stadium and delivers stern message to West Ham fans

General view inside the stadium during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at London Stadium on May 14, 2017 in Stratford, England.

West Ham United star Michail Antonio has spoken out about the London Stadium and hopes to draw a line under the big move.

The size of the pitch and the move to the London Stadium in general has been cited as one of the main reasons for West Ham's struggles last season.

The Hammers turned what was threatening to be a disastrous season around to finish 11th place in the Premier League despite regularly flirting with the relegation battle.

Many supporters and pundits pointed the finger of blame for the huge contrast in form compared to their best ever Premier Leagues points total the season before, squarely at their controversial new 60,000 seater ground.

General view inside the stadium during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at London Stadium on May 14, 2017 in Stratford, England.

Some fans believe blaming the stadium move is too easy an excuse, citing that other teams had no trouble performing there as the Hammers won just seven league games at home all season.

Comments from Slaven Bilic himself, Scotland boss Gordon Strachan and Stoke City boss Mark Hughes last season saw them all suggest the size of the pitch and sight lines impacted performances.

But fans' favourite Michail Antonio has had what he hopes will be the final say on the matter in an interview with the Daily Mail.

The powerful attacker says the club cannot hide behind the stadium and pitch as an excuse for poor performances but has also told fans to move on and stop harping back to their beloved Boleyn Ground.

"As a professional footballer, we cannot blame the tools," Antonio told the Daily Mail.

"Certain performances last season...we can't say it's the stadium. The pitch is 10 times better than the Boleyn ground. It is basically a carpet - perfect.

"The crowd last season didn't really take to it but hopefully this season we realise that we can't look back.

Michail Antonio of West Ham United (30) beats Antonio Valencia of Manchester United to score their second and equalising goal with a header during the Barclays Premier League match between...Michail Antonio scores in the last ever game at Upton Park - a 3-2 win over Manchester United

"The Boleyn Ground is gone, this is our home and the fans have now just got to get behind us."

Upton Park will forever live on in the hearts and minds of West Ham fans.

But Antonio is right, next season supporters must cast aside any lingering doubts about their new surroundings and turn it into an intimidating fortress.

Of course much of that will be dictated by performances and results on the pitch.

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