Chelsea legend Pat Nevin argues that his missed penalty was WORSE than Ademola Lookman’s fluffed panenka – and says the 1984 pea-roller deserves the crown of worst spot-kick of ALL-TIME
- Ademola Lookman has come under fire for a poor attempt at a panenka penalty
- The Fulham winger’s effort against West Ham was easily saved in the last minute
- But Chelsea icon Pat Nevin believes his failed spot-kick in 1984 was far worse
- Nevin’s spot kick against Man City was straight at the keeper and lacked power
Ademola Lookman’s woeful attempt at a panenka penalty for Fulham has opened the debate over which is the worst spot kick ever.
But Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes he deserves to keep the crown for the most poorly executed penalty for his effort against Manchester City in 1984 – joking that it was ‘unacceptable slander’ to put Lookman’s kick above his.
Lookman, on loan at Craven Cottage from RB Leipzig this season, had the perfect chance to snatch a point for the Whites in the last minute of the game against West Ham on Saturday, with his side losing 1-0, but opted for trickery as he tried the signature chipped penalty.
Ademola Lookman fluffed an attempt at a panenka penalty for Fulham on Saturday night
There was nowhere for the young winger to hide after fluffing his lines in the last minute
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin insists his failed spot kick for the Blues in 1984 was still far worse
But the 23-year-old’s gambled backfired spectacularly as West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianksi failed to be deceived and saved with ease as the lofted kick lacked any power or height.
He was slammed on social media by fans and also came under fire from his manager Scott Parker as he missed the chance to earn a crucial point in Fulham’s relegation battle. But Nevin waded into the argument to stress that it was nowhere near as bad as his effort.
The 57-year-old wrote in a tweet: ‘I’m so offended some people suggested the Lookman penalty was worse than mine for Chelsea v Man City! Unacceptable slander. His reached the keeper. Surely I can keep the worst ever crown. Pleeeeeease.’
Nevin stepped up to take a spot kick against Man City but his effort was weak and easily saved
Nevin stepped up to take a spot kick after City goalkeeper Alex Williams felled a Blues player in the box. But the former winger was far too relaxed and barely gave himself a run up.
Chelsea’s No.7 initially stepped back before coming forwards to touch the ball and standing behind it – eventually opting to tap it into the far corner, with Williams easily catching it to his left and leaving everyone in the stadium bemused.
Lookman’s disastrous kick led to a flood of criticism, with one stunned fan questioning whether the shocking spot kick was the worst penalty of all time.
‘And in the 97th minute,’ they boggled. ‘What is he thinking?’
Another asked: ‘Who takes a penalty this way with the last kick of the game? A kick that should have earned a point.’
Lookman is consoled by his team-mates after his costly miss consigned Fulham to defeat
Parker was critical of Lookman after the game but tipped the 23-year-old to bounce back
Parker was left fuming after the game, admitting ‘you have to score’ if you take the risk of trying a panenka.
‘I think at the moment it’s so raw,’ he said. ‘My emotions are one of disappointment, anger a little bit.
‘I’m not going to shirk away from the penalty miss. I’m angry and he is as well. You just can’t miss a penalty like that. If you take one like that, you have to score.
‘He knows that. When you’re young, you have to learn quickly. The boy has made a mistake, that’s clear.
‘He’s disappointed, and rightly so. Everyone can miss penalties, of course – but in a certain way.’