Michail Antonio confident of ending West Ham goal drought in Tottenham Carabao Cup quarter-final clash

·2-min read
Goal drought: Michail Antonio has scored just once in his last 13 West Ham appearances  (Getty Images)
Goal drought: Michail Antonio has scored just once in his last 13 West Ham appearances (Getty Images)

Michail Antonio is aiming to find his shooting boots against Tottenham following a frustrating run of nine games without a goal for West Ham.

The 31-year-old, West Ham's only senior striker, has not scored since bagging the winner against Wednesday's Carabao Cup quarter-final opponents back in late October and has just one goal in his last 13 Hammers appearances.

There could hardly be a better side to face when it comes to getting out of such a rut, with Watford the only club Antonio has scored more goals against than Tottenham. The forward - who was the first visiting player to score at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in 2019 - has six goals in 11 outings against West Ham's London rivals.

Antonio heads to Spurs having put the pressure on himself to get a result and return to form.

"I will always enjoy the prospect of playing at their new stadium after becoming the first visiting player to score a winner against Spurs there a couple of years ago," said the Jamaican international.

“I am confident in my ability, so I don’t need anybody to jump on me because I am jumping on myself already.

"I’m a person who demands the best from myself and I am getting frustrated in myself that I have not scored in so many games, so you don’t need to get on my back as I’m already on my own back.

“I am going to go out there, give my all and hopefully this week I can put the ball in the back of the net for me and for the team."

Speaking on The Footballer's Football Podcast, Antonio said he remains confident of hitting 20 Premier League goals this season - double his current record for a single top-flight campaign.

"The way I started the season, I am trying to double it," said Antonio. "I'm on six now and there's more than 20 games to go, so why not? I like to push myself so I'm going to try and double it and get to the 20 mark.

"I've hit a blip at the right time in the season I feel. I scored six in eight at the beginning of the season so off those stats there's still a great chance."

West Ham manager David Moyes may be forced to start 20-year-old full-back Harrison Ashby in the London derby. First choice right-back Vladimir Coufal is suspended following his sending off at Arsenal last week while Ben Johnson and Ryan Fredericks are fighting to get fit.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting