Date published: Saturday 7th November 2020 11:07
Fulham boss Scott Parker said he was “angry” after Ademola Lookman’s injury-time Panenka penalty was saved and condemned the visitors to a 1-0 defeat at West Ham.
The Cottagers’ hopes of a battling point looked to have been denied in the 92nd-minute when Tomas Soucek fired the hosts in front.
But Fulham then won a penalty kick in the seventh minute of added time. Up stepped Lookman but his bid to outwit Lukasz Fabianski went horribly wrong as he chipped his spot-kick straight into the West Ham goalkeeper’s waiting arms.
It meant Fulham left with nothing and stayed fourth from bottom.
Parker pulled no punches later when asked about the incident.
He said: “I’m not going to shirk away from the penalty miss, I’m angry, and he [Lookman] is as well.
“You just can’t miss a penalty like that. If you take one like that, you have to score.”
Harrison Reed admitted after the game that Lookman had later said sorry to his Fulham teammates.
The midfielder told BT Sport: “He has apologised so we will brush it under the carpet and move on. He’s gutted in there, we all are.
“We felt we were in the game, maybe we didn’t create enough chances to win the game but I felt we did enough to get a point.
“It is a difficult place to come and we had to weather the storm. Alphonse [Areola] is the last man there to protect us and he has done a great job.
“From the West Brom game we took a lot of confidence and we’ll take what we can.”
Moyes furious but happy to take win
West Ham boss David Moyes admitted to both delight and fury during the frantic finish.
He told BT Sport: “I thought it would end in a draw so mixed emotions but I’m delighted for the players to get the points.
“I was furious with the way we played after we scored the goal. We had to manage the game better and we didn’t do which led to a penalty kick, which was disappointing.
“I didn’t think we played as well as we have played but maybe if we got a goal [earlier] it would have freed us up a bit.
“The last 20 minutes we dominated the ball and were trying to find a way through and fortunately we did.
“It’s a great three points for us, the games we’ve played and work we’ve put in. It’s important to us to finish before the international break strongly and I think we have done.
“Let’s hope this is not the flaky West Ham of old. It’s a team with more resilience. We stuck at it tonight and got the result.
“We were given a task to win in a different way, we tried but didn’t pass or cross the ball well enough. Our build-up was slower than we would have liked and they’re all things we have to improve.”