When Roberto’s name appeared on the teamsheet for West Ham United’s game against Crystal Palace, there was an inevitable sense of dread.
That sense will not have been helped by the compilation of calamitous errors and weak attempts that Amazon Prime put together, ahead of their coverage of the game.
He has been slated in the past and it seemed certain that he was going to make an error that would cost Manuel Pellegrini’s side, but even though the team eventually did go on to lose 2-1, it would be very harsh to put the blame on the Spaniard.
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The 33-year-old didn’t look overly confident in the early stages of the match, flapping at crosses and looking indecisive at points, but he was getting the job done.
He was initially beaten by Cheikhou Kouyate’s effort and while the ball did go under him, it definitely shouldn’t be seen as a goal that was entirely his fault.
Then there was Jordan Ayew’s dink that ended up floating over the Spaniard and into the goal, but if anything is to be questioned regarding that goal, it should be the fact that he was allowed to breeze past so may defenders with such ease, rather than the goalkeeping.
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Aside from those moments, there were actually some solid pieces of goalkeeping, such as the moment in which he smothered Connor Wickham when the 26-year-old had run through on goal.
This game did continue what is a very poor record in the Premier League, as in Roberto’s eight matches, he still doesn’t have a clean sheet and has conceded 17 goals.
However, this time around he should not be seen as the man to blame for West Ham going on to lose points, as they continue to hover just above the relegation zone.