Michail Antonio feels no shame at recent West Ham defeat

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The France worldwide joined Marseille for £25m after citing family problems as the reason he wanted to return to his former club and refusing to play for West Ham.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has admitted to being "disappointed" that his side failed to hold on for a point in their Premier League meeting with Bournemouth. "The defensive system that we put in place did not give me any pleasure".

With a 5-4-1 in front of our area, I could have all the freedoms in the world, but it was hard to express myself.

After a 1-0 win against Hull in mid-December, one where West Ham fans voted the post Man of the Match, Payet said he knew he had to leave.

Ghana forward Andre Ayew registered his third goal in the premier league but unfortunately was not enough to save West Ham from succumbing to a 3-2 defeat against Bournemouth.

"You can say that it bothered me, yes".

Though West Ham were on the losing side, Antonio feels that there was no shame in losing to the team who he feels are already champions.

His family's desire to return to France was also a factor, with the player adding: "When I am happy on the pitch, it's because everything is going well off it". I think we lost to the champions. The only surprise is that the player ever thought he should make London his home for 18 months. On the contrary, I risked regressing.

The France global went on strike at the London Stadium in an attempt to fast-track his exit from the Hammers and says he needed a fresh challenge after being suffocated by manager Slaven Bilic's pragmatic approach. "I need another challenge".

Speaking after the match, Bilic said: "At the end, I definitely felt we should have got something out of it".

Bilic, though, was angry that his players had thrown away a point by getting caught on the counter-attack going in search of their own victor, with his defence out of position as a result.



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