A powerful performance by Michail Antonio saw him score all four goals at Carrow Road to relegate Norwich City and ease our troubles near the bottom of the table.
Antonio’s superb performance in front of goal saw him volley the first early on from inside the six-yard area after Issa Diop’s flick from a corner before using his head to guide Mark Noble’s free-kick beyond Tim Krul at the stroke of half time.
Noble also provided the ball over the top for Antonio’s hat-trick. Krul saved his initial shot but it fell invitingly for the West Ham player to head over the line. His fourth was a tap-in from Ryan Fredericks’ pass.
In addition to scoring the first hat-trick of his professional career, Antonio became the first West Ham player to score four goals in a league match since David Cross against Tottenham in September 1981.Embed from Getty Images
Since the restart, Antonio has been involved in 78% of West Ham’s Premier League goals, scoring six and assisting one – form we will hope he can continue to the end of the season.
This was our first Premier League away win under David Moyes – our biggest away win in the Premier League since November 2007 – and lifted us six points above the relegation zone with two of our remaining three matches at home to fellow strugglers Watford and Aston Villa.
Will this gap be enough for us to survive? We’ve certainly created some breathing space but let’s see how Bournemouth and Villa get on with their games in hand first before we start celebrating!