Ademola Lookman publicly apologises for costly Fulham penalty blunder
Ademola Lookman insists he will not shy away after costing Fulham a crucial point against West Ham in their battle to avoid relegation.
With every point pivotal in their Premier League campaign, winger Lookman wasted a golden opportunity from the penalty spot last night.
Said Benrahma had tripped Tom Cairney in the box with only seconds left at the London Stadium.
And 23-year-old Lookman stepped up to take the responsibility with regular spot-kick taker Aleksandar Mitrovic nursing a knock.
But he embarrassed himself with a disastrous chip attempt which floated into the hands of a grateful Lukasz Fabianksi in the West Ham goal.
It proved to be the last kick of the game as the Hammers escaped with a 1-0 victory, having scored in stoppage time themselves minutes earlier through Tomas Soucek.
Lookman was crestfallen and looked like he wanted the ground to eat him up in the empty 60,000-seater stadium.
Players offered support from both team after the miss, and summer signing Lookman has now spoken out on social media to apologise to Fulham fans.
Posting on Twitter, he wrote: “After yesterday's mistake, I take full responsibility and onus for it.
“To my team-mates, manager and the supporters I vow to put the next one in.
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"I will not let one failure hold me back. @FulhamFC”.
Fulham fans were largely sympathetic in their replies, telling Lookman to keep his head up after a decent performance against West Ham prior to his miss.
Fulham manager Scott Parker reflected on the penalty after the game and admitted: “I’m disappointed and angry.
“You can't take penalties like that and he knows that. He's a young player and he's learning.
"The boy has made a mistake. Ade is the first to understand that.
"When you're young and you're learning you have to learn quick. He is disappointed and rightly so.
"This is part and parcel of football, of growing as players and as a team. We'll get around him now.
"Ade has been fantastic since he's been in. He'll need to dust himself down. When you're young you make mistakes."
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