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King hailed by Howe

25th February 2019, 11:53 by Nick Harris

Josh King has been praised by Eddie Howe for taking responsibility for the second penalty against Wolves in a 'pressure moment'.

The Norwegian frontman had already put the side ahead in the clash with Wolves from the spot, a penalty which was cancelled out by a spot-kick from Raul Jimenez, when he was handed another chance minutes before the final whistle.

This time King missed and the game ended in a draw, although many did not believe it should have been a penalty in the first place.

Howe had sympathy with his striker and told reporters: "It’s the life of a footballer – one minute you are up and the next you are down. That’s how the job is.

"I thought Joshua showed moments of real quality. He’s always a threat with his pace.

"He took his first penalty really well. Sometimes a second penalty can be difficult due to the mind games with the goalkeeper and especially at that stage of the game.

"On the first penalty, you are absolutely clear on your preferred side and then the second one comes and that’s where changing which way you go probably runs through your head.

"It was a pressure moment and, unfortunately, he just missed.

"But you always want players who are prepared to take responsibility and to put themselves in those positions.

"Joshua has been excellent for us and I would never criticise a player for missing a penalty."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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