By Pranav Shahaney

27th Sep, 2021 | 10:45am

David Moyes had a go at Michail Antonio in win v Leeds

David Moyes and Kevin Nolan had a go at Michail Antonio in the West Ham win at Leeds United over the weekend, claims Roshane Thomas.

In the recent episode of the You Irons podcast, The Athletic journalist narrated the Antonio incident that took place in the first half of the game.

At the start, the Jamaica international struggled to get involved in the game, but a different player showed up in the second half, and ended up scoring the goal that secured three points for the Hammers.

Discussing what changed in the second half, Thomas said, “I noticed in the first half, Kevin Nolan and David Moyes were having a go at Antonio saying, ‘We gotta see more from you, keep bullying the centre-backs.’

“And we saw he was certainly doing that in the second half, he was constantly occupying the centre-backs.”

Good man management

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Moyes often comes across as a nice guy who’s unwilling to upset the status quo within his squad.

However, what he did on Saturday proves that he’s ready to take on the team’s most in-form player if it means getting the best out of him and eventually the entire side as a whole.

He would’ve also had a go at him inside the dressing room and asked him to get more involved and do everything he can to take the two Leeds defenders out of the contest.

Antonio is a physical specimen, and Leeds were already not looking too solid defensively, given Charlie Cresswell’s inexperience at the Premier League level.

In the second half, the 31-year-old looked more occupied and proved to be a constant thorn in the Leeds defence.

This was man management 101 from Moyes and we’re extremely delighted with the job he’s done so far at West Ham and hopefully, the best is yet to come.

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