ELLAND ROAD — Currently, it seems that Michael Antonio cannot be stopped.
The striker’s dramatic second half winner on the noisy Elland Road maintained an impressive start to the West Ham season, leaving co-top of the Premier League goal score chart at 5.
Antonio also produced three assists, and his prolific form boosted the hope that David Moyes’ subordinates could enjoy another informative campaign.
Jarrod Bowen forced Junior Firpo to own goal in the 67th minute after Brazilian winger Rafinha opened Leeds in the 19th minute.
In a counterattack inspired by Declan Rice, Antonio defeated Leeds defender Jamie Shackleton with clever footwork and then blew the ball over Illan Meslier.
When many hammer fans rush to the pitch to attend the celebration with Antonio and his teammates, a remote cue delirium stands.
“It was incredible,” said Jamaica International.
“Especially for quality teams like Leeds, there’s nothing better than coming back from 1-0 because the way they play is so different.
“Playing against Leeds is like running a marathon. That’s exactly what I see.
“I will never run a marathon, and that’s the closest thing to it for me!
“They are a quality team, so it’s great to get three points. The top priority is relief.”
Regarding the clever winner, Antonio said:
“I always believed that I would score especially in the current form, and I think that’s one of my best goals.
“It’s six-sixths [in all competitions] Let’s continue scoring.
“I definitely want to see my name at the top of the score chart, but hopefully at the end of the season.”
The defeat on the part of Marcelo Bielsa spelled more fate and darkness, and worriedly left them in the relegation zone.
Leeds failed to win any of the first six games of the Top Flight campaign, the second in club history.
But in the dark, with the Premier League debut of captain Charlie Creswell under the age of 23, the unmistakable axis of light has arrived.
Captain Liam Cooper, a highly regarded 19-year-old partner, was at the heart of Whites’ defense and highlighted his rich promise with a stunning display to Antonio.
Former Leeds and Sheffield United striker Richard Cresswell’s son was given a chance due to injury and suspension.
Asked when to play, a teenager said:
“I was like’Wow!’ So I had to go into the first dressing room and turn on the head of the game.
“The manager wanted me to go out and do my own thing, which is why I was in this position.
“It was overwhelming, but I now have to calm down and look back at the game to see what I did. But I think it worked pretty well.”
Saturday’s visit to Watford became even more important to Leeds, Creswell added:
“Hopefully we can get results right away – very soon.”