Reggae Boy Antonio Helps Hammers Win Against Fulham2 min read
He has been playing as a substitute of the in-form Scamacca
Reggae Boy Michail Antonio helped West Ham secure three points after coming off from the bench to score an injury-time goal. This is a big goal for the Jamaican who has been playing second-fiddle to Gianluca Scamacca; a six-foot five-inch lethal striker.
Fulham took an early lead after Andreas Perreira broke out and scored a brilliant goal from a very difficult angle. The former Manchester United midfielder’s goal came in the 5th minute. Perreira tried his luck again in the 9th minute but his effort was smothered by West Ham goalkeeper Fabianski.
West Ham survived another scare when James was denied a super goal by the crossbar. Fabianski was beaten but West Ham managed to ride their luck. The ball clattered the bar and it headed over.
Scamacca got a chance to respond in the 17th minute but his powerful header was caught by Fulham goalie Bernd Leno.
Andreas Perreira received a yellow card in the 27th minute after he brought down West Ham’s Dawson in the penalty box. This was a moment of madness for Perreira who had been having a wonderful game since 5th minute goal.
Jarrod Bowen stepped up to level the score by producing a wonderfully-taken penalty that wrong-footed Leno.
In the second half, Lucas Paqueta found Scamacca with a brilliant through ball. Scamacca fired the Hammers into the lead after lobbing Leno. The goal was reviewed by VAR because there was suspicion that the ball touched Scamacca’s hand. The goal was allowed to stand.
Michail Antonio was introduced to replace Scamacca with ten minutes to go. Antonio had big boots to fill in but he was up to the task. Antonio’s big moment came in the 90th minute after Cresswell found him with a sublime through pass. Leno stopped the first shot but Antonio was sharp enough to pounce on the rebound before passing the ball into an open goal.
Antonio’s goal ensured that the Hammers went home with all the bragging rights in the London derby. Many West Ham fans have been calling for their coach to use Antonio as a left winger so that he can start games together with Scamacca.