Four-some Antonio fires Hammers towards safety

Norwich City 0-4 West Ham United

MICHAIL ANTONIO rightly took the plaudits, scoring all four goals as West Ham United brushed aside, and subsequently relegated Norwich City in a one-sided Premier League clash at Carrow Road,

Antonio profited from Issa Diop’s flick to thump the Hammers into an early lead and doubled his, and the east Londoners, money in first-half stoppage-time, heading home Mark Noble’s pin-point free-kick.

With the damage largely done, Antonio completed an impressive hat-trick just before the hour – the 30-year-old following up to claim the match ball after Canaries stopper Tim Krul, had saved his initial effort.

Ryan Fredericks provide Antonio with the easiest of chances quarter of an hour from time to complete a memorable afternoon. The victory established a six-point buffer between the Hammers and the relegation places.

Speaking after the match, boss David Moyes was buzzing over Antonio’s performance: “He’s been excellent because we have been without Seb Haller so we have been really limited in our options,” the Scotsman enthused.

“I think Michail is developing with it, he’s getting better at it, his link-up play.

He should have had one or two in midweek as well so today has been good for him, Not many people score four goals in a Premier League match.”

When quizzed over the importance of the result, Moyes added: “I thought we played well from the start of the game.

“The players were made aware that they need to keep their standards high and we were a bit disappointed that we didn’t get more out of the game in midweek.

Overall, some of our play in midweek was OK, but today we were right at it, from the first minute.

“The players went about their jobs correctly and made it difficult for Norwich so we got our rewards from that.

Having taken a huge step towards securing their Premier League status, West Ham can now confirm that when Watford are the visitors to the London Stadium on Friday, July 17 (8pm).

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis, Vrancic (McLean 78’), Tettey, Buendía (Rupp 70’), Stiepermann (Cantwell 69’), Hernández (Cantwell 70’), Pukki (Idah 69’) Subs not used: Trybull, Drmic, Duda, McGovern

West Ham United: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna (Balbuena 87’), Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen (Yarmolenko 83’), Noble (Wilshere 77’), Fornals (Masuaku 83’), Antonio (Haller 78’) Subs not used: Lanzini, Ajeti, Randolph, Johnson

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Simon Beck and Peter Kirkup
Fourth official: Andy Woolmer.

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Brian Jeeves

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