West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has been speaking about his penalty miss against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Hammers star had the chance to put his side ahead from the spot on Saturday after Tottenham’s Kyle Naughton was sent off for handling the ball in the box.
However, Noble saw his effort go wide having previously converted 12 spot-kicks in the last three seasons.
That missed opportunity would ultimately prove vital, as Eric Dier scored a late winner for Spurs, leaving West Ham waiting for their first league point after a disappointing pre-season campaign.
Speaking to the Hammers’ official website after the game, Noble revealed that he received some advice from an unlikely source last time he missed a penalty.
“I remember missing one against Chelsea, which cost us a point,” Noble said. “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 it again.”
West Ham had other chances to win the match on Saturday, but they will have to work on their shooting after seeing just four of their 18 shots hit the target.
With new front-men now at the club and needing time to bed in, the Hammers’ season could prove to be a successful one in due course.
But all the players will have to take a leaf out of Noble’s book, as he looks to put the disappointment of one kick behind him to ensure the next one has a very different outcome.