The first ballooned over the crossbar. The second was a dreadful try at a “Panenka” that flopped into the goalkeeper’s arms. The third flew astray 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 crew was awarded one other towards 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 online for a aim that finally proved the winner at King Power Stadium.
A 2-1 victory was solely Fulham’s second in 10 video games since promotion again to the highest-flight and it lifted the crew out of the relegation zone.
It additionally ended Fulham’s penalty nightmare.
“I didn’t feel pressure,” mentioned Cavaleiro, who slipped earlier than shanking a penalty over the bar in final week’s 3-2 house loss to Everton. “That happens in football and the manager just 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 maintain 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 anticipate Watkins and Villa’s gamers because the VAR deliberated over the slender choice for almost three minutes, drawing strains on the display screen.
“We’ve had a goal disallowed for a part of the body that can’t score a goal anyway,” Villa supervisor Dean Smith mentioned.
Leicester missed the possibility to transfer degree on factors with first-positioned Tottenham and second-positioned Liverpool. Villa may have jumped into the highest 4 with a win.
After one of many crew’s targets, 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 Power Stadium with a low shot thanks to being performed by by André-Frank Anguissa.
Diop, fondly nicknamed “Wardrobe” throughout his time at Fulham, performed for the southwest London crew 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 break by the worst protection within the league, with an 86th-minute aim from substitute Harvey Barnes all of the crew may handle.
West Ham took benefit of Villa’s sluggish begins in every half to rating their targets.
Angelo Ogbonna headed house 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 Said Benrahma.
Jack Grealish scored with a deflected shot between these targets for Villa, which dominated the second half.