The primary ballooned over the crossbar. The second was a dreadful try at a “Panenka” that flopped into the goalkeeper’s arms. The third flew off course due to an unlucky slip.
Three embarrassing penalty misses have summed up Fulham’s depressing begin to life again within the English Premier League, so hopes weren’t precisely excessive when the workforce was awarded one other in opposition to Leicester on Monday.
This time, no mistake.
Ivan Cavaleiro — one of many spot kick culprits from earlier matches — stepped up and curled his effort excessive into the web for a aim that in the end proved the winner at King Energy Stadium.
A 2-1 victory was solely Fulham’s second in 10 video games since promotion again to the top-flight and it lifted the workforce out of the relegation zone.
It additionally ended Fulham’s penalty nightmare.
“I didn’t really feel strain,” stated Cavaleiro, who slipped earlier than shanking a penalty over the bar in final week’s 3-2 dwelling loss to Everton. “That occurs in soccer and the supervisor simply gave me confidence to take it and I did.”
A penalty proved to be pivotal in Monday’s late match, with Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins hitting the bar with a second-half effort to permit West Ham to carry on for a 2-1 win at its Olympic Stadium and climb to fifth place.
Watkins additionally had a stoppage-time aim dominated out by the video assistant referee when his outstretched arm was adjudged to have made him offside earlier than he turned in a cross from the left. It was an agonizing look forward to Watkins and Villa’s gamers because the VAR deliberated over the slender choice for practically three minutes, drawing strains on the display screen.
“We’ve had a aim disallowed for part of the physique that may’t rating a aim anyway,” Villa supervisor Dean Smith stated.
Leicester missed the possibility to maneuver degree on factors with first-placed Tottenham and second-placed Liverpool. Villa might have jumped into the highest 4 with a win.
After one of many workforce’s objectives, Fulham’s gamers paid tribute to former participant Papa Boupa Diop following his loss of life.
Ademola Lookman went to the touchline and held up Senegal’s No. 19 jersey worn by Diop after scoring the Thirtieth-minute opener at King Energy Stadium with a low shot because of being performed by by André-Frank Anguissa.
Diop, fondly nicknamed “Wardrobe” throughout his time at Fulham, performed for the southwest London workforce from 2004-07. His loss of life was introduced on Sunday.
Cavaleiro added a second aim for the guests within the thirty eighth after Christian Fuchs tripped Bobby De Cordova Reid.
Leicester struggled to interrupt by the worst protection within the league, with an 86th-minute aim from substitute Harvey Barnes all of the workforce might handle.
West Ham took benefit of Villa’s sluggish begins in every half to attain their objectives.
Angelo Ogbonna headed dwelling inside the primary two minutes from a nook by Jarrod Bowen, who scored the second lower than a minute into the second half by flicking in a header from halftime sub Mentioned Benrahma.
Jack Grealish scored with a deflected shot between these objectives for Villa, which dominated the second half.