LONDON (Reuters) - Michail Antonio became West Ham United’s all-time Premier League top scorer after netting twice to help secure a resounding 4-1 home win on Monday over Leicester City, who had Ayoze Perez sent off late in the firs t half.
Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahman had opened the scoring for the Hammers, who made it two wins out of two and went top of the table on goals scored after a superb performance in a cracking atmosphere at the London stadium.
Having headed into the match tied on 47 league goals with West Ham’s former stalwart Paolo Di Canio, Antonio was delighted to have surpassed the Italian as he celebrated by lifting a cardboard cut-out of himself at the side of the pitch.
“You have to try and be professional but I was trying to make history so it’s always in the back of your mind,” the 31-year old forward told Sky Sports.
“I’ve not been celebrating lately because of VAR, so I thought I had to make it special.
“The celebration was ‘Save The Last Dance’... the lift from the end. That would have been proper embarrassing if it was ruled out by VAR. You always see me smiling so you’d probably see me laughing as well.
“The fans are still here singing 20 minutes later. The atmosphere is amazing. There’s nothing better than scoring and hearing the roar of the fans.”