Michail Antonio drew praise from swathes of West Ham United fans on Twitter after the 2-0 Premier League victory over Watford on Saturday.
The Englishman featured as a left wing-back in the absence through suspension of Arthur Masuaku, his first start for the club since a 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United before Christmas.
And he played an instrumental role in the opener with a surging run down the flank and a pinpoint cross that was met by the head of the in-form Javier Hernandez.
The Mexican now has three goals and an assist from his last four appearances in the top flight and could have put the Hammers into the lead even earlier had his excellent header not been ruled out for offside.
Joao Mario also had a chance to open his account for the club before the opener but saw his low effort blocked by goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.
There was an element of good fortune for the Irons’ second of the afternoon, which was gleefully dispatched by the superb Marko Arnautovic.
The 28-year-old also missed a golden opportunity in the first half but he made amends when Aaron Cresswell blocked a ball into his path, controlling instantly and steering into the corner.
Victory took West Ham to 30 points this term and they sit 12th in the table, four points clear of the relegation zone.
Whilst there is still much work to do for manager David Moyes’ men, the performance against the Hornets at the London Stadium was a welcome tonic following a run of three league games without a win.
Antonio delivered a promising hour before understandably fading towards the end on his full return to action and supporters were largely pleased with his impact from an unfamiliar position.
The best of the reaction to his display can be found below:
Antonio had some good moments in the game but is still lacking match fitness
— Son (@SonWHU) February 11, 2018
Missed those #Antonio assists!
— New World West Ham United Supporters (@NewWorldWHU) February 10, 2018
That’s the old Antonio springing into life
— Danny ⚒ Boy ⚒ WHU (@Hammer_Dan3) February 10, 2018
Today Ginger & Ogbonna again solid, as were Adrian & Zab.Skipper lead by example ,Arnie immense & Hernadez showing what we all know.He's knows where the goal is given a chance. Antonio played his part too. #WestHamFamily #coyi ⚒ pic.twitter.com/8Qr6yA9wR9
— Jersey Hammer (@jerseryhammers) February 10, 2018
— Josh Rolfe (@JoshRolfe) February 11, 2018
Great bit of play from Antonio that was lovely! #COYI
— Michelle ⚒ ??????? (@Sullivan_Mish) February 10, 2018
Just got in, what a game, not sure about antonio at LWB but he got an assist so cant of been that bad #COYI
— Sam (@WestHamLondon) February 10, 2018
Very good game for us, a 3 points well needed! Collins was immense, headed away all the danger! Antonio had a great first half, started to flag at the end but fitness will come. Chica and Arny worked their socks off, and Zaba still proving the doubters wrong! #COYI #WHUFC #WHUWAT
— West Ham Untied ⚒️ (@West_Ham_Untied) February 10, 2018
Odd atmosphere today at the stadium, could feel the nerves! Made hard work of the game at times today but 3 points was a must. Great ball from Antonio for the first after a great run and bit of luck for a change on the second #COYI
— Richie (@TransporterRich) February 10, 2018
Good 3pts against a Watford side full of confidence after their Chelsea game. Good to see Arne and Antonio back, although the latter looked knackered after 60 minutes. #COYI pic.twitter.com/fJqNrGFe7B
— Ryan (@ryandrews) February 10, 2018