We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…
Michail Antonio returned from injury with a bang on Monday night when he scored twice as West Ham beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.
West Ham’s win over Sean Dyche’s side leaves them within a good chance of qualifying for the Champions League with just three points separating them and fourth-placed Chelsea with four games to play.
Antonio, 31, notched his eighth and ninth goals of the Premier League season at Turf Moor to keep the European dream alive but according to Frank McAvennie, Burnley could have done a better job of keeping him at bay.
Speaking West Ham Zone, McAvennie said: “[He was] brilliant. He’s had a good rest.
“Terrible defending from Burnley, you have to say but he did well. But he did what strikers do and he did very well.
“Hopefully he plays from now until the end of the season.”
Burnley’s defence fell to sleep twice as Antonio pounced on crosses by Vladimir Coufal and Said Benrahma in the 21st and 29th minutes.
Chris Wood had put the home side ahead just two minutes prior to Antonio’s first from the penalty spot but Dyche’s men, who are usually hard to beat, made an absolute hash of defending balls from out wide and Antonio’s ability to get on the end of crosses.
Antonio’s had his injury issues this season, missing 12 Premier League fixtures due to various setbacks.
However, with four cup finals left in the Irons’ bid for the Champions League, he simply has to stay fit because that is the kind of killer instinct he can add to David Moyes’ squad.
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