Michail Antonio disputes disallowed West Ham goal and highlights mistake by Leeds United's Illan Meslier

Striker Michail Antonio believes his collision with Leeds United 'keeper Illan Meslier for West Ham's disallowed goal in Saturday's 2-1 win at Elland Road was not even a foul.

Sunday, 26th September 2021, 8:40 am

Leeds led 1-0 at the interval against the Hammers via Raphinha's strike in the 19th minute which followed some fine saves by Meslier after early Hammers pressure.

West Ham then looked to have equalised eight minutes after the break when Tomas Soucek netted from close range following a collision between Meslier and Antonio from a Hammers free-kick.

Referee Kevin Friend was then instructed to check his monitor via the intervention of VAR and disallowed the goal which came after Antonio had knocked down Meslier with his arm as he looked to head home in the Whites box.

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FLASHPOINT: West Ham's Michail Antonio collides with Leeds United 'keeper Illan Meslier before Tomas Soucek tucks the ball home for a goal that was disallowed in Saturday's clash at Elland Road. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images.

Antonio was then booked but the Hammers striker has protested his innocence and says Soucek's goal should have stood.

"Basically, I’ve jumped up and the hand that I’ve led with has caught the goalkeeper," said Antonio, as quoted by whufc.com.

"I honestly don’t think that it’s a foul, but I’ve caught him, he’s gone down, and we’ve scored from it.

"The referee has made the decision and that’s the decision at the end of the day.

"We’ve managed to get the three points anyway and we’ll keep going.”

West Ham eventually level in the 67th minute when Jarrod Bowen cut in from the right and unleashed a fierce drive that took a deflection off Junior Firpo to fly past Meslier.

Antonio then bagged the game's winning goal in the 90th minute after Leeds were carved open though the middle via a Hammers break, the striker beating Jamie Shackleton before slotting a finish past the onrushing Meslier into the corner of the net.

Reflecting on his winner, Antonio said: "I had a few of opportunities before the goal and I didn’t quite manage to take them, but I saw the goalkeeper rushing out, the near post open and I just put it in there.

"I’m buzzing but I didn’t have the energy to celebrate.”

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