Hammers' penalty confusion
Danny Gabbidon says Robert Green was unsure who was going to take the penalty for Hull on Saturday.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 23/11/09 9:41am
Danny Gabbidon revealed West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green was unsure whether Jimmy Bullard or Bernard Mendy was going to take the penalty for Hull.
In the end Bullard smashed home from the spot after referee Mark Clattenburg had awarded the Tigers what looked to be a very dubious penalty when Julien Faubert was adjudged to have pushed Craig Fagan.
However Gabbidon highlighted that Green thought Mendy and Bullard were trying to replicate a move attempted by Thierry Henry and Robert Pires for Arsenal against Manchester City in 2005 which was first seen when Johann Cruyff passed to Ajax team-mate Jesper Olsen from the spot in 1982.
The Welsh defender started just his second Premier League game of the season at the KC Stadium but felt the penalty should have been retaken for encroachment.
"Rob says he wasn't sure who was going to take the penalty," he told The Sun.
"It was a good pen from Bullard but Mendy was running behind him. Usually that gets pulled up for encroachment.
"Rob was worried they were going to do a Henry and Pires. I didn't know who would take the kick."