Antonio – We needed to be more composed

  • Michail Antonio’s ninth goal of the season can’t prevent Hammers from falling to 3-2 loss at AFC Bournemouth
  • Antonio finished left footed just moments after Josh King missed a penalty for the hosts
  • Hammers suffer just second away league defeat since November

Michail Antonio edged closer to double figures for the season with his first half goal at Bournemouth on Saturday, but his ninth of the campaign is not one he will remember with any fondness after the Cherries came from behind to win 3-2.

The Hammers were the beneficiaries of two missed penalties by the Cherries before the game had even reached half-time, but their luck ran out after the break as Josh King added to his 31st minute leveller with two more goals to consign the visitors to defeat.

Antonio was disappointed to end up on the losing team – especially after they had clawed it back to 2-2 with seven minutes left to play – and said the Londoners should have closed the game out better.

“It was a dramatic game, but a frustrating one for us,” Antonio admitted. “It was end-to-end stuff and we should have stayed a bit more composed when we went into the lead – especially as we scored straight after they missed their pen.

“Bournemouth kept pressing us and working hard. They desperately need the points right now and they showed some grit and some fight.

“The good thing in football is you always get the chance to put it right, so we’ll go again at home against Leicester and hopefully we can get the three points then.”

Antonio’s goal came in the tenth minute, finishing off on his weaker left side after being set up by Sofiane Feghouli, but he will hope his next strike comes in a winning cause.

He added: “I always want to score goals, but I always want to win games as well, so it’s disappointing that we’ve ended up losing.

“It’s all about winning games, so it’s not the feeling I wanted. I can’t really remember the goal to be honest. I just remember Sofiane passing me the ball, taking it on my left and it going into the net.”