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West Ham United manager David Moyes has admitted that he wants more from winger Michail Antonio after the attacker returned to the Hammers’ starting XI on Saturday.

The versatile star has been struggling with injuries this season that have prevented him from building consistency, while ill-discipline has also seen the former Nottingham Forest man dropped from the Irons matchday squad once.

West Ham were dominant in their 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday, with Antonio playing in a wide position and completing the full 90 minutes.

The 28-year-old played his part in the Hammers victory and provided an assist for Javier Hernandez to open the scoring.

Despite this, Moyes has stated that Antonio can be an important player for West Ham but now must build consistency over the next few months

“It was a decision we made, we wanted to get him back,” the Hammers boss told Football London.

“That might be his first assist of the season and was very important for us but we need more from him.

“Since I have been here, I’ve not seen enough of him, I told him we need to see more play like he did today, more goals too. It was a great run and a great chance for Chicharito.”

Antonio has had an up-and-down time of it at West Ham, with his initial issues in adapting to life in the Premier League compounded by the attacker being played at right-back on occasion by Slaven Bilic.

However, when fit and firing the speedster has been a key man for the Hammers, providing pace and penetration while also contributing goals for the London club.

The West Ham fans will hope that Moyes can get the best from Antonio for the rest of the season and incorporate the attacker into the new-look Irons forward line.

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