Paul Ince has slammed West Ham winger Michail Antonio for missing a “golden opportunity” to score a winner in his side’s 1-1 draw against Brighton at the AMEX on Saturday afternoon.
In stoppage time, the 29-year-old should really have stuck the ball in the back of the net if he put some direction into his shot but he could only steer it straight at Brighton goalkeeper Matt Ryan.
Ince believes that it was an easy chance for Antonio and claimed that he should have scored to bag all three points for the Hammers.
“It’s a golden opportunity for West Ham to nick three points,” said Ince on BT Sport Score on Saturday [04:49pm].
“Since Antonio’s come on he’s been like a man possessed.
“He wins the corner, the ball goes into the box, it comes back out and he’s four or five yards away from the goalkeeper. Just hit it either side.
“He does get enough purchase on it and goes straight at the goalkeeper. That’s food and drink. He should be scoring that.”
Antonio has not had an easy start to the season. He was in Manuel Pellegrini’s starting line-up against Manchester City on the opening day but was hooked off at half-time despite looking as though he could cause a few problems for Pep Guardiola’s defence. Then he was dropped to the bench and was substituted on ahead of the second half kicking off. Antonio’s impact was not as big as the impact he had against Man City. He was offside twice, was dispossessed twice, failed to make any key passes and missed that glaring opportunity to score a winner in stoppage time. It’s still early days in the season but Antonio looks as though he can make more of a difference either at the London Stadium in front of the home support or when he starts matches. Antonio may be fast and a handful to deal with at times but he does not look like the impact player that Pellegrini thinks he is.