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Green's lucky guess

Filed: Saturday, 27th October 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Robert Green has admitted that his 94th minute penalty save in today's 0-0 draw with Portsmouth was pure luck.

Talking to Setanta Sports after the game, the Hammers hero revealed that he decided which way to dive at the last minute - a decision that earned the Hammers a richly-deserved point.

"Iíve watched them take penalties before and he [Benjani] hasnít taken one this season - so it was just a bit of a guess," he said.

"I went that way the last time against Reading and managed to save it and thankfully Iíve done it again. Iíd never saved one before in my career so itís a novel experience."

Green - whose constant omission from the England squad looks even more bizarre following today's exploits - also revealed that the team were furious with the decision by Mike Dean to award the injury time spot kick.

"It hit Danny on the arm, but it bounced up from a yard away and just caught him. It's unfortunate, but was it intentional? No way.

"You look at the reaction from the players and they knew immediately it was a poor decision. Itís frustrating because you work really hard and we missed a couple of great chances to win it.

"But all in all, if you had said that with one minute to go we would have conceded a penalty then we would have taken a draw."

The point lifts the Hammers above Aston Villa into ninth spot.

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by Nick
09:00PM 27th Oct 2007
''How is this guy overlooked for England? He's by far the best English keeper at present. If McClaren is picking by current form Rob Green has got to be number 1 ...''

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