Slaven Bilic rues costly Michail Antonio mistake


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Slaven Bilic believes Michail Antonio made an error in judgement as West Ham threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Hammers looked to be on course for a much needed three points at Selhurst Park after goals from Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew put them 2-0 up at the break.

However, Palace dominated the majority of the second-half, with Luka Milivojevic converting a penalty, before Wilfried Zaha struck a stoppage-time equaliser.

Bilic was unhappy with the manner in which his side conceded late on, particularly as winger Antonio had an opportunity retain possession high up the pitch, but he instead opted to cross the ball into the box.

“To concede in this manner makes it even more difficult,” Bilic told Sky Sports.

“All we had to do was keep the ball and we made the wrong decision. Especially since it was Michail, who can keep the ball in the corner forever with his quality and strength.

“But unfortunately we opted for the wrong decision. That gave them another opportunity and they took it.”

West Ham have now only won one of their last six Premier League games and they are just a point above the relegation zone.

The Hammers will hope to return to winning ways when they take on Liverpool at the London Stadium on Saturday and they are priced at 4.33 to secure all three points from that match, while the Reds are available at 1.75 and the draw is on offer at 4.00.

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