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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."

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