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Lineker takes aim at Hammers

BBC Sport presenter and England legend Gary Lineker has taken aim at West Ham after the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

The Irons, of course, endured a nightmare final five minutes against the Red Devils.

Having fallen behind to former loanee Jesse Lingard’s wonder goal in the final minute of normal time, the Hammers were awarded a penalty after Luke Shaw’s handball.

David Moyes took the decision to substitute Mark Noble on for Jarrod Bowen, and the Hammers skipper took the ball from Declan Rice in order to take the spot-kick.

He stepped up and, with his only touch of the game, missed, with David de Gea making an excellent save.

That proved decisive as United held on to claim all three points, and Lineker was dismayed by Moyes’ decision, drawing a comparison with England at Euro 2020; Gareth Southgate brought on both Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho to take penalties in the final’s shootout, but they both missed as Italy emerged victorious.

Writing on Twitter, Lineker said: “That is a decision I will never understand. Bringing on a player, even as experienced and as good a penalty taker as Noble, purely to take a penalty having not touched the ball is baffling. Same with England at the Euros.”

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6 comments on “Lineker takes aim at Hammers

  1. Totally agree with him.

  2. Bringing on Noble to take the penalty was wrong, not because he missed it but because it sends a negative message to the team on the pitch I.e the rest of the team can’t take penalties. That apart the lads looked very leggy with only 2 days rest.

  3. Easy with hindsight but we all expected Noble to score didn’t we? And if he had we’d be celebrating it as a master stroke and Noble would have had one of the greatest moments of his career in his final season.

  4. We are in a bit of a downer , but at 75 , I again would say to any Irons supporter, that today only West Ham , could have a loanee , who set us alight last season, for a while he seemed set to join us. But it was never to be , but he is the 89 minute got the winner, then bring on a legend , who had he scored would have had a million statues put up around the East End.

    But one thing that still gets in my throat and it is that cheating sardine man Ronaldo , cheats cheats cheats, gets a jammy goal, and you would have thought he open up the Red Sea.

    But that typical arrogance by Ole who ever spell it. He said that Ronaldo should have had two dead cert penalties , god the arrogance. I go back to ‘64 Matt Busby saying about us , before the semi final. They are like a cup cake, sweet soft easy to eat. Yet on a world class swamp, we out class them, winning 3-1 George Best was out done. God lovely, then when we went down, playing our last game at the gods ground, we stopped them winning the league title, and Blackburn won the title, Their attitude to us is beyond belief. I just knew Lingard would get it. I am dam proud of our team.

  5. We are in a bit of a downer , but at 75 , I again would say to any Irons supporter, that today only West Ham , could have a loanee , who set us alight last season, for a while he seemed set to join us. But it was never to be , but he is the 89 minute got the winner, then bring on a legend , who had he scored would have had a million statues put up around the East End.

    But one thing that still gets in my throat and it is that cheating sardine man Ronaldo , cheats cheats cheats, gets a jammy goal, and you would have thought he open up the Red Sea.

    But that typical arrogance by Ole who ever spell it. He said that Ronaldo should have had two dead cert penalties , god the arrogance.Not one word that West. Ham played well

  6. Obviously David Moyes didn’t have faith in the the 11 players on the field at the time to take the penalty,

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