Text  Larger | Smaller | Default


Start again

Filed: Monday, 19th September 2016
By: Staff Writer

Michail Antonio believes West Ham have to start the season all over again when they face Southampton at the Olympic Stadium next weekend.

The England winger may be enjoying the form of his life currently but with West Ham firmly entrenched in the Premier League's relegation zone after five games, knows the team simply has to do better as a collective unit.

"Right now we have to start again," he told whufc.com. "The Premier League season starts against Southampton Ė we have to start there and push on because right now itís just not clicking together defensively.

"We donít have the resilience we had last year and we need to get that back. We havenít changed players, nothingís changed Ė the only new player there is Arthur [Masuaku] and heís a quality left back."

However Antonio - who leads West Ham's goalscoring chart with five to his name already this term - was at a loss to explain a complete loss of form that has seen West Ham win just two of their nine competitive fixtures thus far this season.

"I donít see what the difference is," he mused. "It has to be mentality more than anything, because we havenít changed players. We have to forget everything thatís happened and start again.

"We have to perform on the day. Like I said last week, Iím not happy scoring when weíre losing, Iíd rather not score and win. Hopefully I can score and we can win [against Southampton] next week."

Antonio's disappointment was echoed by team mate Sofiane Feghouli, who made his Premier League debut during the 4-2 humbling at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

ďEach and every one of us will take a long look at ourselves," he said. "We all know that we need to do more when we wear the West Ham colours. I donít like losing and I am unhappy on the teamís behalf and for the fans that travelled to see us.

"We have another game on Wednesday and we need to react straight away and get the win to take us forward. We are a good team with some great players but we canít afford to keep making mistakes.

"We all need to evaluate our performances and to do more. We canít just play one half of football, we need to give 100 per cent and be fully concentrated for ninety minutes in every game."

Related News

   arrow   In brief - Friday's news round-up [14th Sep 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Thursday's news round-up [13th Sep 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Wednesday's news round-up [29th Aug 2018]
   arrow   Arnautovic and Antonio injured, says Pellegrini [25th Aug 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Tuesday's news round-up [14th Aug 2018]
   arrow   West Ham's pre-season: in numbers [6th Aug 2018]
   arrow   West Ham Utd 1-0 SCO Angers [3rd Aug 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Thursday's news round-up [2nd Aug 2018]
   arrow   Cause for optimism, says Ogbonna [26th Jul 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Thursday's news round-up [26th Jul 2018]

Your Comments

Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.

Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.

comments powered by Disqus
News Image

On This Day ...

One Year Ago
Wembley Cup date confirmed
West Ham United will face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Wednesday, 25 Oct...more
Three Years Ago
The KUMB West Ham Podcast: with Tom Gent
We welcome a proper Gent to the Knees up Mother Brown West Ham Podcast this week, as we bask in the ...more
Five Years Ago
Paolo pushed
Former West Ham favourite Paolo Di Canio has been sacked from his post as manager of fellow Premier ...more