‘The worst penalty ever!’: Ademola Lookman is panned for dreadful last-minute Panenka miss in defeat at West Ham… as furious boss Scott Parker says ‘You take a penalty like that, it HAS to hit the back of the net’
Lookman looked likely to earn the Cottagers a point when he stepped up to take a penalty six minutes into additional time at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski could scarcely believe his luck as Lookman’s impudent Panenka effort – a penalty chipped down the middle and into the net – backfired spectacularly.
Fulham’s Ademola Lookman has endured humiliation after missing a penalty against West Ham
The home side were overjoyed with relief after Lookman gifted Lukasz Fabianski a simple save
The tame attempt drifted harmlessly into the grateful Fabianski’s arms and proved to be the last kick of the match as West Ham won.
One stunned fan questioned whether the shocking spot kick was the worst penalty of all time.
‘And in the 97th minute,’ they boggled. ‘What is he thinking?’
Another asked: ‘Who takes a penalty this way with the last kick of the game? A kick that should have earned a point.’
The 96th-minute fiasco was a disaster for Fulham who could have earned a useful away point
An understandably distraught Lookman was consoled by his stunned teammates afterwards
Others cruelly joked that Lookman would be shunned at Fulham’s training ground on Monday and compared his fiasco to successful Panenka penalties taken by the likes of Spain legend Sergio Ramos and Argentina icon Lionel Messi.
Fulham boss Scott Parker was understandably infuriated after hoping that his side would equalise for a precious point just minutes after West Ham had scored in stoppage time.
Parker admitted: ‘I think at the moment it’s so raw, my emotions are one of disappointment, anger a little bit.
‘I’m not going to shirk away from the penalty miss. I’m angry and he is as well.
‘You just can’t miss a penalty like that. If you take one like that, you have to score.
‘He knows that. When you’re young, you have to learn quickly. The boy has made a mistake, that’s clear.
‘He’s disappointed, and rightly so. Everyone can miss penalties, of course – but in a certain way.
‘This is football, growing as an individual – and we’ll learn from this.
“Ade has been fantastic since he’s been here. He needs to learn from what happened tonight.
‘[It’s] not because he’s missed a penalty but because he’s taken one like that – and at that point in the game. He’s put himself on show.
“He’ll bounce back. He’s an unbelievable character who’s made a bit of a mistake.”
Fulham boss Scott Parker did not know where to look after the abominable last-gasp spot kick