West Ham star Michail Antonio vows to fight until end in Champions League race after goalscoring return

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Michail Antonio says West Ham are not giving up on their Champions League dream this season after his brace saw the Hammers come from behind to beat Burnley last night.

The Hammers lost ground in the race for the top four in defeat to Newcastle and Chelsea last month but, with Antonio back from injury, got back on track in some style last night.

Manager David Moyes - who stayed up north with his squad last night to train this morning - was able to welcome back Aaron Cresswell as well as Antonio and named an attacking side at Turf Moor.

They fell behind to a Chris Wood penalty before dominating the game, with Antonio passing up fine chances to score a hat-trick.

The result leaves the Hammers three points behind London rivals Chelsea, who are fourth, with four games to go, and Antonio says they won’t give up on the dream despite the gap to Thomas Tuchel’s side.

“It would be unbelievable [to qualify for Champions League],” said Antonio.

“It has been a great season and we are fighting for something now, I’m over the moon.

“Everybody wants to play in the Champions League. I have been here a few years and there have been so many seasons we were fighting to stay in the league and now we have the opportunity for top four, it’s a dream come true. We will keep fighting, keep pushing.”

Antonio made his first start in a month following another hamstring injury but looked sharp and should have scored more than his two goals, fluffing a fantastic chance inside the six-yard box. The 31-year-old joked that he was trying to score a perfect hat-trick which caused him to bungle the chance.

“I hit it on my left to get the perfect hat-trick but it didn’t quite work out for me,” Antonio told Sky Sports.

“I’m a bit disappointed not to get a hat-trick, I had chances.”

While Antonio and Cresswell came back from injury last night and Declan Rice is closing in on a return, Moyes was without Mark Noble and Angelo Ogbonna last night. The latter has only just returned from injury and Moyes is unsure whether the Italian will feature again this season following a new hamstring problem.

“I would hope so but I couldn’t say,” said Moyes.

“It is really disappointing that we lost Mark Noble and Angelo tonight because they are both really experienced players for us at this stage of the season so it was good to get two back but I am hoping Angelo isn’t too bad and might not be too far away for the coming games.”

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