David Moyes felt his West Ham side deserved all three points from their clash with Leeds and believes he has a “special” player in his ranks.
The Hammers sit seventh after a 2-1 triumph at Elland Road. Raphinha gave the host a 19th-minute lead with a low finish from outside the box. It was that way for the first 45 minutes before the visitors retaliated after the break.
Londoners were back in a tie midway through the second half as At Jarrod Bowen deflected shot in the net by Junior Firpo. It looked like the loot would be split as the game entered added time.
Corn Michel antonio silenced the White faithful with a dying goal as Leeds were caught on the counterattack. This means the Yorkshire outfit has slipped into the bottom three.
Moyes was a relieved man after the final whistle and was adamant his charges deserved the points.
“It was a really tough game. Leeds was what you expected. We finally got there, which was important to us, ”he said. TUSEN Sport.
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“I thought we were playing a lot better in the second half and I deserved it. I felt we were able to score but when we lost 1-0 I was concerned that you were still likely to concede against Leeds because of the way they play.
“Special” Antonio thrills Moyes
West Ham’s failure to land a top striker this summer means Antonio is still digging a lonely furrow up front. The 31-year-old continues to lead the line with aplomb and has scored five goals in as many high profile outings in 2021-22.
He is now the club’s top scorer in the Premier League and continues to do business. It wasn’t the Londoner’s best game, but Moyes was delighted with how he managed to find the net.
“I wouldn’t say that (he expected Antonio to score) with the way he played today. But that’s what center-forwards do,” he added.
“They’ll tell you they can poorly control it and it can make your leg jump, but if you’re there to score the winner in the 90th minute that’s what makes you special.”
West Ham are next in action when they face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League Thursday. Then it will be back to national action as Brentford makes the short trip through the capital next Sunday.
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