Moyes did not force Antonio to appear against Sevilla


West Ham coach David Moyes said he was reluctant to force forward Michail Antonio to play in the match against Sevilla in the second leg of the Europa League at the London Stadium, London, Friday (18/3)

Quoted from football.london, Thursday (17/3), Moyes said he was reluctant to take risks and would not force Antonio to play if the player had not recovered.

“Mic (Antonio) played in a different way to us, leading the line and bringing people into the game, we need Mic to really recover,” said Moyes.

Although still hesitant to field Antonio, Moyes says he still has striker Andriy Yarmolenko to play for. However, these two players have different styles of play.

The Scottish coach explained, currently West Ham need quality from Yarmolenko as he showed when he scored in the match against Aston Villa in the Premier League, last weekend.

“This is a very important moment for him and for us. He got a very meaningful goal and sometimes to return to that level quickly is not easy,” explained Moyes.

“He is fit and available for now and he will of course be needed in tomorrow’s game.”

In addition to Michalil Antonio, Moyes said West Ham will lose mainstay midfielder Jarrod Bowen in the second leg against Sevilla.

“Jarrod Bowen is not available and probably won’t be available until early after the international break,” said Moyes.

In this match, West Ham need to beat Sevilla by a two-goal margin to ensure they qualify for the next round after losing 1-0 in the first leg in Spain. (OL-8)