Mark Noble has finally broken his silence after his penalty miss against Manchester United for West Ham on Sunday.
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The 34-year-old Hammers skipper missed from the spot in the dying minutes of Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.
David Moyes brought Noble on after West Ham were awarded a penalty deep into injury time at the London Stadium.
It’s easy to criticise the decision now. Had Noble scored, everyone would be hailing Moyes for making what was an incredibly ballsy decision.
And had the Scot not brought Noble on and Declan Rice had missed from the spot, people would be questioning why he didn’t bring Noble on.
It was a lose lose situation in some ways.
Mark Noble has finally broken his silence after penalty miss
The West Ham skipper is a much-loved figure in East London. His penalty miss on Sunday won’t affect his standing as an all-time Hammers great.
He has still received some unnecessary stick for what happened, however.
And Noble has finally broken his silence on the matter, as quoted by the Evening Standard:
“It would have been lovely in my last season to have scored so, obviously, missing hurt. The thing I take out of it was that if the manager had asked me and I’d had said ‘No’, that I didn’t want to take it… I can live with missing, that’s not a problem with me, but would I have been able to live with saying no and sitting there and watching somebody else take it, not knowing ‘What if’? That would have haunted me for the rest of my life, so I take a bit of strength out of that.”
Fair point. The blame has to lie with Moyes.
It was proven that bringing players on to take penalties doesn’t work during the EURO 2020 final in the summer.
The West Ham boss must learn from this and ensure that it doesn’t happen ever again.
The most important thing is that the West Ham players put Sunday’s disappointment behind them quickly. We have so many important games on the horizon and cannot afford to dwell on Sunday’s farcical events.