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Michail Antonio was in the thick of things for West Ham United at Leeds United this afternoon.

The Hammers attacker scored a brilliant last-minute winner as David Moyes’s side left Elland Road with a 2-1 victory.

But West Ham fans thought they had completed their comeback earlier in the half, when Tomas Soucek fired into an open goal after Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier dropped the ball.

The goal was chalked off after referee Kevin Friend consulted the pitchside monitor and saw the young keeper take an arm in the face from the West Ham star, causing the fumble.

But Antonio himself has told the Irons’ official website that it wasn’t a foul in his estimation.

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He told the club’s official website: “Basically, I’ve jumped up and the hand that I’ve led with has caught the goalkeeper.

“I honestly don’t think that it’s a foul, but I’ve caught him, he’s gone down, and we’ve scored from it. The referee has made the decision and that’s the decision at the end of the day. We’ve managed to get the three points anyway and we’ll keep going.”

Was it a foul?

Honestly, yes and Antonio suggesting innocence will only anger Leeds fans even more.

The incident was shown on the big screen at Elland Road shortly after and it was clear that the West Ham powerhouse’s elbow to Meslier’s face played a big factor in Soucek’s goal.

Antonio himself was booked and once Leeds fans saw the footage, booed referee Friend for perceived leniency.

In the end it didn’t matter and the West Ham striker scored a fine winner, but the West Yorkshire supporters will argue that he shouldn’t have been on the field.

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