Stephen Warnock suggested on BBC Sport that even Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was surprised that Pablo Fornals missed his chance for West Ham United last night.
Pablo Fornals’s miss
Fornals missed a glorious chance for West Ham just five minutes into the second half of their Premier League game against Tottenham away from home at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday evening.
It was 3-0 to Spurs at the time, and the attacking midfielder could have pulled one back.
Michail Antonio’s deflected shot reached him just a couple of yards out with no one to stop him, but 24-year-old’s header went over the crossbar.
It was actually harder to miss than to score from that position, and Spurs goalkeeper Lloris was surprised that the Spain international could not find the net and put his hands over his head.
Stephen Warnock’s take
The Frenchman was probably more relieved than anything else that Fornals could not score, and former Liverpool and Aston Villa defender Warnock, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport, found his reaction amusing.
Warnock said on BBC Sport: “Hugo Lloris put his hands on his head as if to say: ‘I can’t believe you have missed that!’ It was under the crossbar.
“Pablo Fornals has a simple chance, it comes at him quite quick but he heads it over from a yard out. Hugo’s reaction was comical.”
Fortunately for Fornals, that miss did not affect West Ham too much, as David Moyes’s side scored three goals in the final 10 or so minutes of the game to make it 3-3.
David Moyes’s message
Moyes has said what he told his players at half time when they were 3-0 down.
The West Ham boss told BBC Sport: “I hadn’t thought we played badly in the first half, that’s what I said at half time, sometimes you feel you have to do something – we didn’t, we made changes later on and they certainly made a big difference. The plan was not to go 4-0 down, we said if we got one we would see what happened.”
Praise for West Ham United chiefs
Meanwhile, former West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis praised West Ham co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan on Sky Sports News (1:47pm, October 17, 2020), and said: “He (Moyes) is at a football club (where) they demand so much from managers, players and everybody at the football club, even the chairman.
“The chairman has spent an absolute fortune there, and he still gets absolutely hammered at times. I hope they give David the opportunity and the chance. He is a good manager. He has a good record.”