Eleven minutes and 10 seconds have gone at the Emirates and a defense-splitting pass from Fornals has played Antonio completely through with Haller in support – what happens next is not for the faint-hearted.
I’m sure we’ve all seen it by now but for those who haven’t, Haller runs forward and Antonio picks a pass out to his shadow, where he was standing moments earlier and where he would have had a simple tap-in to put us 1-0 up.
However, who was to blame for the huge miss, which unfortunately for us wasn’t the last of the afternoon?
Fellow West Ham fans on social media have been debating this and they’re completely split.
Some believe that it was Antonio for his terrible pass whilst others think that Haller’s ill-fated positioning was the main culprit.
— ⚒️SuperJarrodBowen⚒️ (@ForevrWestham) March 7, 2020
Haller has to stay back
Defender is always gonna go to Antonio
— TCC (@TCC86409558) March 7, 2020
— ⚒Mitchell⚒ (@WHUMitchell) March 7, 2020
Haller is at fault, hold the run stay behind the defender don’t run ahead of him and you get a tap in. Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn’t played football. Its really school boy stuff .
— Mark Flynn ⚒ #GSBOUT (@Markdfly1) March 7, 2020
Poor positioning from haller
— Lee Mapley (@mapley2101) March 7, 2020
poor positioning. … but that’s not the right still frame to show. Antonio takes a touch and Haller then disappears behind the defender.
— andy grout (@andygrout) March 7, 2020
Poor pass really.
– ball wasn’t played along the floor
– was curling away from Haller? Just hit it straight
– a lot of power hence why it was off the ground, around hip height for Haller
Don’t really know why Antonio lost his head 🤦🏻♂️
— Club. West Ham (@ClubdeWestHam) March 7, 2020
It’s a dreadful pass
— Matthew Poysden (@MattPois) March 7, 2020
Poor pass haller in perfect position if he was any further forward the defender would’ve easily blocked the pass
— Joe (@whxfcjoee) March 7, 2020
Both, Antonio pass was awful but Haller needed to be more positive with his run
— Phteven Barrows (@StephenBarrows) March 7, 2020