Whilst there will be “no radical change” at West Ham United regarding their penalty-taking duties, that responsibility could ultimately “still be someone else” according to David Moyes.
THE LOWDOWN: COSTLY MISS
The Hammers did not lie down for Liverpool in last Wednesday’s clash and ultimately could have come away with a point at Anfield.
An opportunity was presented on a plate to Jarrod Bowen when Joe Gomez felled the England international in the penalty area and conceded a spot kick, presenting the visitors with a chance to go into the break level at 1-1.
However, Bowen scuppered the chance as Alisson pulled off a fine save, which would turn out to be a decisive moment in the Reds’ 1-0 win, giving Moyes something to ponder ahead of the Irons’ clash against Bournemouth tonight.
THE LATEST: MOYES OPEN TO SPOT-KICK CHANGE
As per Claret & Hugh, Moyes said that he felt confident at the time that Bowen would score.
However, whilst he suggested that there would be no “radical change” in designated spot-kick taker as a result of the miss, the responsibility could be passed on to somebody else in time, with Moyes having referenced Declan Rice’s penalty miss against Nottingham Forest which saw him taken off such duties.
Moyes outlined: “I have got to say Jarrod was practising on Tuesday before we went up to Anfield.
“It is certainly not for the lack of practice that’s for sure. Sometimes you have very good goalkeepers, sometimes you might take the penalty as well as you like. You always think you should have done something differently maybe.
“All those elements come into it. Ultimately we didn’t score, it’s part of football and always has been. No, we will always keep practising and trying to get a good account from it.”
“There will be no radical change in designated penalty-taker, although it could still be someone else. We changed when Declan missed. We might change now as well. We will see. In the main on the night I felt that Jarrod will score, I really did.”
THE VERDICT: STICK WITH BOWEN FOR NOW
Despite Wednesday’s costly miss, it’s worth noting that Bowen has already scored two penalties this season, while his failure from 12 yards at Anfield was his first unsuccessful penalty in more than three years, so it’s worth sticking with him for now.
However, having splashed out more than £160m in the summer transfer window on the likes of Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta, the Irons’ penalty taker may need to be reassessed if the Englishman fluffs his lines again.
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