Jesse Lingard is praised for “putting his ego aside” after an awkward penalty exchange with Declan Rice.
Lingard received a strike kick for West Ham – where he is on loan at Manchester United – after Sheffield United defender Chris Basham scored in the penalty area.
The Hammers had already been awarded a penalty earlier in the first half when Craig Dawson was fouled – but the VAR overturned the decision after replays showed Dawson offside.
In that case, Declan Rice picked up the ball and shot from 12 yards, and regular player Mark Noble was absent.
But after stepping away from Basham’s challenge, Lingard went to place the ball on the spot, only to have Rice stand in his way.
The duo then argued – presumably over who would take the penalty – before the disappointed Lingard seemed to admit defeat and return to the edge of the field.
Rice scored for Aaron Ramsdale for 1: 0 – and Lingard was the first of his teammates to congratulate him.
Former Red Devils defender Rio Ferdinand was at the London stadium with BT Sport, and he was impressed by Lingard’s “maturity” by quickly overcoming disagreements – and his overall performance.
“There’s maturity, he doesn’t sulk,” he said. “Some players would sulk in that situation, ‘I want it, I want it.’ It’s a matter of ego. But he put his ego aside.
“More importantly, he was a great spark from West Ham. We said they don’t have the traditional number 9 now [Michail] Antonio is out and [Sebastien] Haller was released.
“This kid was the person they were talking to when they needed a great spark.”