By Beck Pascal

22nd May, 2022 | 6:50pm

Roshane Thomas gushes over 'brilliant' West Ham ace Michail Antonio v Brighton

The Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas has hailed West Ham striker Michail Antonio after his “brilliant” goal against Brighton. 

The Jamaica international scored the all-important opening goal that looked to have clinched Europa League football but a second-half fightback from Graham Potter’s side put an end to that with the game ending 3-1 to the Seagulls. 

Antonio’s first outside of the box goal for the Hammers in the Premier League sees his season tally rise to 23 in all competitions this season. 

Thomas said on Twitter: “Antonio scores the opener. Brilliant strike from outside the box and a celebration to go with it. 

“Ten league goals for Antonio this season.”

Disappointing. 

West Ham have completely wasted a glorious opportunity that Crystal Palace handed them for Europa League football next season. 

Manchester United lost and all they had to do is take care of their own business and they couldn’t do it. 

It is a huge blow going into next season because no with no disrespect to the Europa Conference League – it is not the European tournament that the Irons want to be in. 

David Moyes’ side would much rather be in the Europa League, playing against some of the best teams in Europe with the chance of Champions League football if they win it – which they nearly did this season.

It is hard not to feel deflated after that result but make no mistake, it has been an excellent season for the Hammers – pushing deep into every single competition. 

The Irons have a very important summer ahead of them where they will hopefully, add players to the squad and regroup ahead of next season – where they will look to do even better.

In other West Ham news, Martin Samuel has responded to the latest West Ham London Stadium developments dubbing it the “deal of the century”.

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