Kevin Mirallas wanted the glory. What he got was an early bath.
During Everton's match with West Brom at Goodison Park the home side were awarded a penalty late in the first half when Joleon Lescott handled in the area.
With the referee pointing to the spot, everyone expected Leighton Baines to step up. With a record of 15 goals from 16 penalties why would anyone else?
That question and its obvious answer alluded Mirallas, who after a brief conversation with Baines, opted to take it himself. And what so often seems to happen in these situations (think Alexis Sanchez taking the duties from Santi Cazorla against QPR) he missed it, skimming the ball off the outside of Ben Foster's post.
When the second-half started, Mirallas didn't re-emerge - Roberto Martinez had decided to take the Belgian international off.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville speculated the Everton manager had little choice in the matter: "I think his team-mates will have demanded that at half-time," he said, after describing going against team-orders as "one of the worst things you can do."
After the match Martinez suggested Mirallas was removed due to fitness conerns.
There's been amazement on Twitter...
It's all gone wrong for Mirallas, he's as popular as a fart in an astronaut suit— Lee McCallum (@1ee_mcc411um) January 19, 2015
Kevin Mirallas going against team orders with the penalty, I guess he doesn't have Leighton Baines in his fantasy team. #evevwba— Ian O (@IanWrayO) January 19, 2015
Kevin Mirallas would never play for my club again if I was manager #EFC— Kev (@chady_ocs) January 19, 2015
Shreeveys in the tunnel trying to find mirallas for the latest... pic.twitter.com/dGXgS7OCXz— DB Ashley Kington (@kington123) January 19, 2015
Not sure about taking Mirallas off, we need points mor than principles at the moment #EFCvWBA— Russ Fletcher (@russfletcher1) January 19, 2015
Ideally, Baines will get back to the dressing room and find that Mirallas has nicked all his clothes and driven his car away.— Andrew Thomas (@andi_thomas) January 19, 2015