West Ham United winger Michail Antonio praised his team’s resilience after the Hammers' incredible 2-1 FA Cup fourth round replay against Liverpool at Upton Park on Tuesday evening (February 9).
The former Nottingham Forest opened the scoring just before half time – his fourth goal in six home games for the East Londoners – before Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho levelled with a neat free kick forcing the game into extra time. West Ham centre back Angelo Ogbonna secured a memorable win in the last minute.
The bravery and determination the players showed to advance to the next round of the FA Cup was the reason for victory, according to Antonio.
Antonio said: “It was unbelievable. We came out positive from the beginning and managed to get the lead. They managed to get level from a good strike by Coutinho, but from there we had to fight, fight, fight and in the end we managed to get the victory.
“We definitely have got the squad and we have shown that already this season as we lost six of our strikers. Now we are starting to lose defenders, so now we have to show that we have the squad and the players that can step up and do a job.
"When Joey [O'Brien] came off I had to fill in at right back, but we still managed to get the victory. We just have to keep pushing on and I think we can do that in league and cup.”
Beating Jurgen Klopp’s men came with its consequences as Slaven Bilic’s side lost a number of key players through injury.
Winston Reid pulled his hamstring, Cheikhou Kouyate suffered mild concussion and Joey O'Brien sustained tightness in his leg.
However Antonio said he didn't care where he played just as long as he was on the pitch.
“It was my first time I had played there,” said the 25 year old. “It is not really my forte but I am a person who will play there if the gaffer wants me to. I am a team player, I am not going to be one of those players who say ‘no I am not going to play there'.”
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