West Ham star Michail Antonio has revealed that the Hammers bench was laughing prior to their thrilling 3-3 draw against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League clash two weeks ago.
It is safe to say that the game has been the most thrilling in the league to date. The Hammers were trailing 3-0 at the break. At that point, it was safe to say that they were considered dead and buried by most, especially considering that David Moyes has still not tasted victory over Jose Mourinho.
West Ham showed tremendous character to comeback and gain a creditable point. Manuel Lanzini’s equalizer summed up the Hammers comeback as he netted a stunner.
The game also marked Gareth Bale’s return to the Premier League after a seven year absence. It was not one to remember for the Welshman. He came on when the score was 3-0 in favour of his side and left it with the scores level.
Antonio was substituted when West Ham’s comeback started.
“I had to come off because of a little tweak of the hamstring,” said Antonio to ITV’s football podcast. “Then Harry Kane had the opportunity and he hit the post to make it 4-0.
“Then we have scored our first goal and we are like ‘nice little consolation goal, no problem’. Then the second one goes in and you are like ‘Oh my God. How much time is left?’. I have ran to the Sports Scientist and said ‘How much time is left?’ He is like ‘four minutes’ and I was like ‘Oh my God, can we do this?’
“We are all laughing ‘can we do this’. Then Bale runs through and misses. We are like ‘Oh my God’. I actually said ‘we are going to score’ then Cresswell puts the ball in and the ball is perfect. It looked like it was going to his Dec [Rice] on the head.
“Then Harry Kane manages to clear it. Snoddy has gone to shoot. Harry Winks has got his toe on it. In my head I was like, ‘Oh, don’t shoot’ and then he’s banged it. If you watch, it goes in slow motion and then I am like ‘Oh my God’. I have got a bag of ice on my hamstring and I have teared down the line to jump on top of the boys. It was amazing. It was unbelievable.”