By 90Min
October 30, 2017

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has claimed that West Ham United's Michael Antonio should be relegated to training with the Hammers' academy after the winger's error against Crystal Palace saw Slaven Bilic's men drop two crucial points.

With the Hammers leading going into the final moments of the match, Antonio opted to cross the ball into the Palace box, as opposed to holding it up by the corner flag.

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As a result, Palace were able to win the ball back and launch a counter-attack that ended with Wilfried Zaha equalising for the Eagles and ultimately salvaging them a point.

With the mistake proving very costly for West Ham, Garth Crooks has slated Antonio for his decision making, taking to the BBC website, writing: 

"This should have been West Ham's first away victory of the season in the league, and would have been had it not been for some shocking decision-making by players who should have known better.

"Michail Antonio carefully carried the ball almost the entire length of the pitch to the opposition's corner flag, only to completely forget everything he has been taught about ball retention in the final minutes of the game and politely hand the ball back to Palace, who went up the other end to score the equaliser. What madness is that?

"Antonio should spend the next four weeks training with academy scholars if he's going to make schoolboy errors like that. Fortunately for Antonio and the Hammers, Hart's exploits did salvage a point for his team and under-pressure manager Slaven Bilic. Let's hope for Bilic's sake there is nothing more at stake."

West Ham's next game sees them return to the London Stadium as they host a Liverpool side that have struggled away from home so far this season. 


The clash against the Reds could prove to be a crucial fixture for the future of Slaven Bilic at West Ham however, a win this weekend could prove to be a turning point in the Hammers' season.

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