Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri admitted he felt like “killing” Aboubakar Kamara after the French striker ignored instructions and took the missed penalty that almost cost the London side victory against Huddersfield on Saturday.
Fulham secured a 1-0 win against their Premier League relegation rivals when Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in stoppage time.
Minutes earlier, however, usual penalty taker Mitrovic had seen Kamara’s tame effort from the spot saved by Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl with the scores level at 0-0.
“The man who should shoot the penalty is Mitrovic, and Kamara did not respect me, the club, the team-mates, the crowd, anybody,” said Ranieri.
“He takes the ball and wants to shoot the ball, it is unbelievable. I wanted to kill him.”
The win was Fulham’s first in over a month, and moved them up one in the Premier League table to 18th. They are one point behind Southampton, who are currently behind against Manchester City, and four behind a Cardiff City side who defeated Ranieri’s former club Leicester City on Saturday.
Fulham next play Arsenal on New Year’s Day.
© Agence France-Presse (additional edits from Chris Kelleher)