Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mark Noble Would Never Stand for Someone Else Taking a Pen

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mark Noble Would Never Stand for Someone Else Taking a Pen

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KEVIN MIRALLAS'S penalty miss at Everton on Monday night provoked a fair bit of reaction from various people but I was not as critical as some.

I had a similar thing happen to me, where a player other than the regular penalty taker took it upon themselves to grab the ball and put it on the spot. If that happens, though, he has to make sure he scores!

Here at West Ham, Mark Noble is our designated penalty taker but has never taken one in training to my knowledge.

His point is that practising penalties has no bearing on what faces him when it's time for the real thing.

He says that when he's called upon to take the spot-kick, he puts the ball down, stands up, weighs up that particular situation, then decides what he's going to do and then does it.

Practising, with no pressure, no crowd, no anything, he contends, is not relevant in fact, it might make him worse because it might put too many options into his mind. …

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