In pictures: West Ham edge Newcastle in thriller
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Michail Antonio has explained his cardboard cut-out celebration after becoming West Ham United’s all-time top Premier League goalscorer against Leicester City on Monday night. After full-time, Sky Sports showed a hilarious secret video featuring Antonio preparing for his big moment before kick-off.
The 31-year-old scored a quick-fire brace in the final 10 minutes to help West Ham to an emphatic 4-1 win over Leicester at the London Stadium.
Antonio also assisted Said Benrahma earlier in the second half, after Pablo Fornals opened the scoring before the break.
His first goal, struck in the 80th minute, was his 48th in the Premier League for West Ham.
It surpassed Paulo Di Canio’s record of 47, which he equalled with his goal against Newcastle United on the opening weekend.
After full-time, Antonio explained the thinking behind his celebration – where he ran to the sideline and lifted a cardboard cut-out of himself – after his first goal of the evening.
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He told Sky Sports: “So basically, I’m thinking I’m going to get this record.
“I’ve not been celebrating of late because of VAR, but I’m making history, so I’ve got to make it special.
“I started off doing celebrations, so I’ve got to finish doing celebrations.
“Did any of you get what celebration it was, by the way? I want you all to guess! Saved the last dance, the little lift at the end!”
Sky’s cameras caught Antonio planting the cardboard cut-out he used during his celebration before kick-off in a funny moment on Monday Night Football.
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Antonio also expressed his relief to finally smash the record after overcoming frustration in the first half.
“It’s amazing. I’m so relieved. The first half, I think I was overdoing it trying to get the goal,” Antonio explained.
“But then in the second half, just playing the way I normally play, I managed to get the goals. I didn’t manage to get just one but two and an assist.
“I kind of let it affect me in the first half, but the second half, I’ve come out and done the job.
The former Nottingham Forest star also admitted the record was on his mind from the first minute.
He added: “Definitely. As a footballer, you’ve got to be professional and got to stick to it.
“But you’re trying to make history, so it’s always going to be at the back of your mind.
“I felt in the first half that it affected me but in the second half I came out and did the job.”
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