Antonio: We all believe in our abilities

Michail Antonio and Slaven Bilic at London Stadium


Michail Antonio says West Ham United go into Monday’s Premier League home opener with Huddersfield Town confident of recording their first win of the season.

The Hammers have lost their opening three top-flight fixtures, all away from home, and sit bottom of the table ahead of the visit of the Terriers to London Stadium.

But Antonio, who is aiming to score the first league goal of the season at West Ham’s home for the second straight season, believes things will turn around quickly for the men in Claret and Blue.

“It's just one of those things where we've had a bad start and made a couple of mistakes,” said Antonio. “We need to pick ourselves up and just keep moving forward.

“It's important to win because we have got to get some points on the table, especially with Burnley and Newcastle winning again. We need to put our heads to it and keep going.”

Antonio is set to start his third Premier League game of the season after successfully overcoming a hamstring injury he suffered in April.

The No30 is set to be joined in the matchday squad by Andy Carroll and Winston Reid, who have recovered from hip and hamstring problems and trained fully at London Stadium over the weekend Meanwhile, Cheikhou Kouyate could make his first start of 2017/18 after appearing as a substitute at Newcastle United a fortnight ago.

With a strong squad available to tackle David Wagner’s newly-promoted Huddersfield, Antonio is confident the Hammers have the qualities required to collect a much-needed victory.

“We are all professional and we all believe in our abilities,” said the Hammer of the Year. “We know we have the squad to bring us up the table and we will bring ourselves up the table.”

*West Ham United’s Premier League fixture with Huddersfield Town will be shown live in the UK by Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, and across the world by the Premier League’s international broadcast partners. Kick-off is at 8pm BST.