West Ham United laboured to a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon as they avoided relegation from the Premier League.
Villa took the lead towards the end of the second half when Jack Grealish smashed home, the spotlight very much on Lukasz Fabianski, who should have saved.
There was an immediate reaction though as Andriy Yarmolenko’s effort was deflected over Pepe Reina at the London Stadium.
It was definitely the performance of a team that had secured their Premier League status the week before against Manchester United.
Not many players can look back on this season and be proud of their efforts in east London, but Michail Antonio is definitely one of those.
Antonio has been superb, and for the first time in his career managed to hit double figures in the goals column – he sent a message after the Villa game to commemorate the campaign.
“Crazy season! Tearing my hamstring, COVID & my dad passing,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account.
“Just want to thank God for keeping me strong & helping me get through. Dad, we did it, you will forever be in my heart, the happiest funniest man I’ve ever known
Crazy season! Tearing my hamstring, COVID & my dad passing. Just want to thank God for keeping me strong & helping me get through. Dad we did it, you will forever be in my heart, the happiest funniest man I’ve ever known ❤️ We‘re staying up ✅ addition to the fam ✅ 10 goals ✅ pic.twitter.com/W2VQiBnuFW
— Michail Antonio (@Michailantonio) July 26, 2020
Antonio has been superb and has carried the Irons at times this season. David Moyes hasn’t trusted Albian Ajeti, and with the poor fitness of Sebastien Haller, he has only had one option in the final third.
The 30-year-old has been the Hammers’ best performer according to WhoScored, and he has been a pivotal cog in his team securing their top-flight status.
There will be many players going in and out at the London Stadium this summer, but one guaranteed player to stay is definitely Antonio.
In other West Ham United news, many Irons fans have destroyed one player for his role in the 1-1 draw v Aston Villa