An­to­nio was lazy & in­ept

Daily Mirror - - STAN COLLYMORE -

I WAS be­yond an­gry about what Michail An­to­nio did at the end of West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Crys­tal Palace.

With 20 sec­onds left of the match, you walk the ball into the cor­ner, stick your back­side into some­one’s lap, and say: “Try to get the ball off me, no you can’t”, then the ref blows his whis­tle. Game over.

But what he did – cross­ing the ball be­fore Palace went up the other end and equalised – was prob­a­bly one of the most naive, in­ept, lazy, ill-dis­ci­plined, stupid, id­i­otic, pas­sages of play I have seen in many a sea­son.

He and he alone lost his team-mates, team and club two points, which could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween them stay­ing g up or go­ing down this sea­son.

And he should be get­ting rol­lick­ings, ban­ter, em­bar­rass­ment, memes all week just to re­mind him that he shouldn’t do it again.

That sit­u­a­tion boils down to foot­ball in­tel­li­gence and I knew what to do aged nine, so why is An­to­nio (above) do­ing it well into his 20s?

He is ei­ther a foot­ball il­lit­er­ate and doesn’t un­der­stand the game well enough, or doesn’t care enough about his team try­ing to win three points away from home.

I hope Mark Noble or Joe Hart have gone up to him in the dress­ing room and said: “Listen, stand up, don’t do that again. Who­ever you play for, wher­ever you go, you run that ball into the cor­ner, and win us the game.”

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