Wednesday 01 Jul
Updated Wednesday 01 Jul 23:17
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Antonio: The way we came back gives us so much belief


Michail Antonio says the manner of West Ham United's dramatic 3-2 victory over Chelsea will be a huge boost to their belief over the final month of the campaign.

The Hammers came out on top in a topsy-turvy game at London Stadium, as Andriy Yarmolenko fired home in the final minute to settle a five-goal thriller.

That doesn't come even close to telling the full story, as the hosts had to deal with the double disappointment of seeing Tomas Soucek's 34th minute goal chalked off by VAR, then Willian stroke home a penalty within moments of the restart.

But Soucek was not to be denied, nodding West Ham level on the stroke of half time, before Antonio struck, and then laid on Yarmolenko's last-gasp winner, to ensure it was a happy night for those in Claret & Blue.

Michail Antonio celebrates his goal against Chelsea

"It's massive," Antonio said. "There have been so many games where we've been so close, and today we've managed to get a goal which was taken away from us, we went 1-0 down but we got it back.

"It goes to 2-2 and then we get the winner in the end. It shows the grit we've got, the determination we've got and it shows that we're not going to give up and keep fighting to the end.

"VAR has gone against us a few times, but today it didn't stop us. We just kept going and got the victory.

"Tonight gives us that confidence, that belief. not the fact we've won the game but the fact we went behind, had a goal taken away from us, but managed to get back in.

"Chelsea are a quality team, they are fighting for the Champions League, so if we can do it against them we can do it against anybody."

Tonight gives us that confidence, that belief, because we went behind, had a goal taken away from us and still got back in

Michail Antonio

Antonio's goal and assist were reward for a 90-minute shift full of endeavour up front as he kept the Chelsea defence occupied and gave his team an outlet.

"It was hard," he admitted. "There were times where they kept the ball so well and played unbelievable football.

"When they lose it they press straight away, so I had to get on loose balls and just try to keep it for the team. It was very hard, but we showed the grit, the fight we've got. We're going to keep going to the end to make sure we're safe.

"In the last minute that's the quality Yarmolenko has in abundance. He's shown that over the seasons and you know when he cuts onto his left foot it's going into the far corner.

"It's difficult to stop and it shows the squad that we've got and why we shouldn't be in the situation that we are. But we are and we need to get out of it."

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