Antonio - We have to pick ourselves up


Michail Antonio is convinced his team-mates can bounce straight back from the disappointing 2-0 defeat against Everton and get back on the winning trail against Stoke next weekend.
The Hammers four match unbeaten run came to an end at Goodison Park after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley secured all three points for the Merseyside Club.
Antonio felt the luck was against his side and it could have been a different story if they had made their early dominance count.
But despite the defeat, the West Ham forward sees no reason why they cannot re-produce the form which saw them record back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Chelsea and move back up the table.
Antonio said: “We have to pick ourselves up because we were unbeaten in four games and we know we can do it again.
“We want another win next weekend against Stoke at London Stadium.
“At the beginning of the game I thought we dominated the game in the opening 25 minutes.
“We were getting good balls into the box but didn't manage to convert them.
“After that the game went 50/50 and I thought their first goal was a bit lucky. It took a ricochet and then bounced back to Lukaku who put the ball into an empty net.
“We need to try and find a way of stopping Lukaku. We just have to pay more attention towards him and stop him scoring in the next game.
“These things happen in football. We have got to pick ourselves and go again.
“We could sense it was not going to be our day. Things were not coming off for us but we still put in a good performance and kept fighting until the end.”
Antonio was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet in the second half when he burst clear of Ashley Williams and only had Joel Robles to beat in the Everton goal, but the Spanish keeper made a fine save.
The 26-year-old is enjoying his new role down the middle and says he will continue to work hard and hopefully get back among the goals again in the near future.
Antonio added: “I had a great chance and was looking up to see if anyone else was around but I couldn't see anyone and tried to curl the ball around the keeper but he got his foot down and managed to save it.
“On another day I would have scored with that opportunity but it didn't happen for me today.”