things we liked about West Ham United's


1. A Night for a Taste of the Claret and the Blue Army

Where else can we start other than the return of the full-strength claret and the Blue Army at London Stadium?

Around 57,000 West Ham United supporters were back at our home - with just 3,000 Leicester City fans - and they created arguably the best atmosphere the venue has seen in more than five years since we moved in. Is.

Five things we liked about West Ham United's Premier League win over Leicester City

Many fans took their seats well before kick-off, eager to not rejoice since 29 February 2020, the volume level steadily turned to a deafening rendition of 'Bubbles' as Declan Rice Took the team to the pitch. Exciting play was accompanied by performances from all the favourites, including the 'David Moyes' claret and Blue's chorus.

Army' and 'Antonio, Antonio, Antonio!' A booming version of the No. 9 match broke the club's Premier League goal-scoring record, while all four goals and the final whistle were met with joyful, noisy celebrations.

It was a historic night that no West Ham supporter will ever forget.

2. 'Baby' Antonio dances to the record book

He may have forgotten which film he was paying tribute to in his post-match BBC interview (he corrected himself on West Ham TV!), but there was no confusion that the all-time chief of West Ham United Who ended the night as a Premier League goalkeeper. .

The unparalleled talent and unique personality of Michael Antonio produced one of the all-round centre-forward performances in a claret and blue shirt.

Utilizing his unstoppable physical attributes, his indomitable appetite, and his low technical abilities, the new No. 9 was at its best on Monday night.

Michael Antonio celebrates

ağlar Söyüncü will have nightmares about tackling Antonio, who has repeatedly used his strength to stop the Turkish international, who steered the straight striker into a foul to assist Saeed Benrahma for a West Ham goal. Backpass played.

Wilfried Nadidi and Ricardo Pereira also felt Antonio's power, who was denied twice precisely by Caspar Schmeichel, eventually, emotionally, breaking Paolo Di Canio's record with his 48th Premier League goal for the club. Breaking saves.

The celebration that followed was unforgettable, as the 31-year-old imitated Patrick Swayze (Johnny Castle) and Jennifer Gray (Baby Houseman) before lifting a cardboard cut-out (who else?!) from the top of his head. Jogged on the touchline. ) in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.

After that, Antonio still had time to score again, taking him to 49. Only a fool would bet against him to score 50 against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and how he will celebrate that milestone, only Michael Antonio knows!

3. (Premier) Top of the League!

For the first time in 15 years, West Ham United finished at the top of the Premier League table.

Granted, it's just two games into the 2021/22 season, but the Hammers' victories over Newcastle United and Leicester City marked just the second time in 26 Premier League seasons that we've won our opening two matches of a campaign. The first was in 1997/98, but after that Harry Redknapp's side only made it to third place in the table.

The last time West Ham were on top was on 22 August 2006 after a 1-1 draw at Watford, but Alan Purdue's side were driven to their zenith by Manchester United 24 hours later, and we haven't been back from there - till now!

4. Fantastic Benrahma... again!

For the second game in succession, Saeed Benrahma scored and assisted in West Ham United's victory.

Michael Antonio did the same, making the pair the first to score and assist in his team's first two Premier League matches!

Focusing on Benrahma, the Algerian was weaving his magic throughout the night, assisting Pablo Fornals' opening goal with a low cross, making two other important passes, completing 91.2% of his pass and his Kasper Schmeichel was working with both goal attempts.

Manager David Moyes has called on the new No. 22 to show more consistency in his game and after the pre-season, the 26-year-old is now showing his undoubted talent in the Premier League on a regular basis.

And his highlight of the night came eleven minutes after half-time, when Antonio intercepted a back-pass and pulled out the winger on the edge of the box, allowing Benrahma to convert with a confident one-touch finish.

Claret and the Blue Army, who love a player with his skill, burst into tears, while a broad smile floated across Benrahma's face as he was surrounded by his teammates.

Also, Benrahma's proud mother and brother, who were present at Rush Green when he signed for the club last October, were both at the London Stadium to witness their big moment!

5. Major declared

While his name would not appear on any scoresheet, Declan Rice was again indispensable to West Ham United's victory.

As he did last time at St James's Park, the England international stamped his authority on Leicester City, and never gave up.

The 22-year-old was effective in completing more passes and making more tackles and interceptions than any other hammer. It was his challenge on Jamie Vardy that opened the move which ended with Pablo Fornals opening the scoring in the middle of the first half.

Of the 66 passes made by Rice, he completed 63, including an assist ten minutes from full-time for Michael Antonio's record-breaking goal.

For anyone who still needs it, it was still more confirmation that Declan Rice is one of the best midfield players in the country.


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