By Sean Fisher

9th Nov, 2022 | 7:30pm

Callum Wilson mocks Michail Antonio over controversial West Ham United incident v Crystal Palace

Michail Antonio went to ground and was awarded a penalty for West Ham on Sunday, but VAR intervened to overturn the decision.

West Ham United suffered late heartbreak on Sunday as Michael Olise scored a last-gasp winner for Crystal Palace to hand the Hammers an eighth loss in just 14 Premier League matches.

But just minutes before Olise’s winner, Michail Antonio thought he had a chance to put West Ham in front from the penalty spot after Paul Tierney awarded a spot-kick following contact in the box.

However, VAR overturned the decision and Palace then went on to claim all three points. Speaking via The Footballer’s Football Podcast, Antonio admitted the penalty was “soft”.

“I’m an honest person. It was soft! It was extremely soft,” said Antonio

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson couldn’t help but poke fun at Antonio by suggesting that it was the reason David Moyes continues to bench him.

“This is why Moyes has put him on the bench. [Gianluca] Scamacca wouldn’t have gone down like that!” he joked.

Healthy rivalry

This isn’t the first time Wilson has poked fun at Antonio being benched at West Ham, and it’s good that the 32-year-old finds it irritating to be dropped.

In the last few seasons, Antonio has hardly been challenged at all for his spot as the first-choice striker, and while he was usually consistent for the Hammers it was important for David Moyes to challenge him.

The £35million arrival of Scamacca [Sky Sports] will have surely given Antonio a wake-up call, and he’s getting his first taste of what it’s like to be benched at the London Stadium.

Moyes will hope that it improves Antonio’s performances as he looks to climb above Scamacca in the pecking order, although it seems the Scotsman is struggling when it comes to rotating the strikers.

Moyes took his time in giving Scamacca his chance as a starter, but ever since he usually brings on Antonio to replace the Italian in the second half.

It’s a healthy rivalry forming at the club, but frankly, both will have a huge part to play as West Ham look to escape the bottom half of the Premier League table.