“Chelsea star was too proud” – Garth Crooks claims as he blames Chelsea player for West Ham defeat

Garth Crooks has claimed Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was too proud to kick the ball into the crowd after receiving a poor back pass from Jorginho in Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham.

Mendy’s failure to kick the ball into the crowd resulted in a penalty for the Hammers as the Chelsea goalkeeper brought down Jarrod Bowen in the box.

“I’ve never been a great fan of Jarrod Bowen not because he can’t play but because a kid with his talent should be scoring more goals,” Crooks told BBC.

“He gets into great positions but often lacks the finishing touch.

“However, against a desperately unlucky Chelsea, it was Bowen who seized onto Jorginho’s poor back pass to Edouard Mendy, who has been in great form this season, that led to the penalty.

“Unfortunately the Senegal international on this occasion was too proud to put his foot through the ball and into the crowd, where it should have gone and paid the price.

“Bowen’s performance galvanised the Hammers. Mendy’s destroyed Chelsea’s.”

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