Nobes: I scuffed it

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 18th August 2014

Mark Noble has admitted that he mis-hit his missed penalty against Tottenham at the weekend.

The reigning Player of the Year blew the opportunity to give West Ham what would have been a priceless lead against ten-men Tottenham on Saturday before the Hammers went on to lose the game in injury time thank to Eric Dier's 93rd-minute strike.

Even though there has been no criticism whatsoever of Noble, who prior to Saturday had gone more than five years without missing from 12 yards, the midfielder was determined to apologise for his error - blaming himself for changing his mind about where to place his kick at the last minute.

"I knew where I was going with this one," he told "I was going to whip it high in that corner, but I saw Lloris going and I just thought to go safe. It went wrong from there and it's obviously disappointing, but hopefully we don't get too down because it was a positive performance.

"I don't think I have ever missed the target," he added. "I've had a couple saved, but never missed completely and that is a criminal offence. I scuffed it a little, to be honest. Everything went right in my mind, I knew exactly what I was going to do, but I just didn't connect with it right and that is the price you pay."

Despite having missed against Tottenham - his first failure to convert from 12 yards since a Petr Cech save earned Chelsea a 1-0 win at the Boleyn Ground back in April 2009 - Noble insists that he'll be ready to take the next penalty West Ham are awarded.

"I remember missing one against Chelsea, which cost us a point. Frank Lampard came up to me afterwards and said 'make sure you take the next one and smash it in the back of the net'. I'll never forget those words and hopefully I'll be doing that again.

"I've always said to myself there will be a day when I do miss one; it's heartbreaking to miss one against Spurs, but I'll be stepping up for the next one we have."

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