Michail Antonio has told ITV’s Football Podcast that West Ham’s bench was ‘laughing’ prior to their comeback against Tottenham and he even said ‘we are going to score’ moments after Gareth Bale’s miss.
During this drama-filled and goal-fest start to the Premier League season, both Spurs and West Ham perhaps provided the craziest game of the lot.
Despite being 3-0 down with eight minutes left on the clock, David Moyes’ side walked away with an unlikely point from North London, with Manuel Lanzini netting a quite stunning last-gasp equaliser.
Antonio was substituted by the time West Ham’s comeback had started and he shared what was being said on their bench as the crazy end to the game unfolded.
“I had to come off because of a little tweak of the hamstring,” said Antonio. “Then Harry Kane had the opportunity and he hit the post to make it 4-0.
“Then we have scored our first goal and we are like ‘nice little consolation goal, no problem’. Then the second one goes in and you are like ‘Oh my God. How much time is left?’. I have ran to the Sports Scientist and said ‘How much time is left?’ He is like ‘four minutes’ and I was like ‘Oh my God, can we do this?’
“We are all laughing ‘can we do this’. Then Bale runs through and misses. We are like ‘Oh my God’. I actually said ‘we are going to score’ then Cresswell puts the ball in and the ball is perfect. It looked like it was going to his Dec [Rice] on the head.
“Then Harry Kane manages to clear it. Snoddy has gone to shoot. Harry Winks has got his toe on it. In my head I was like, ‘Oh, don’t shoot’ and then he’s banged it. If you watch, it goes in slow motion and then I am like ‘Oh my God’. I have got a bag of ice on my hamstring and I have teared down the line to jump on top of the boys. It was amazing. It was unbelievable.”
It’s amazing what a few minutes can do in football because if Spurs managed to hold onto a win, and if that ridiculous penalty wasn’t awarded against them in the last-minute against Newcastle, then they would be sitting at the top of the Premier League table.
But that’s the difference sometimes!
West Ham have made it count because if they had lost that game then the mood around East London would have been a lot different.
Instead, they are now riding a wave of pure confidence because that result and performance was followed up by their deserved 1-1 draw against Manchester City over the weekend.