Anelka gets his missed penalty face all wrong
Two reactions, one right, one wrong
It’s not rocket science, absolutely everyone knows that if you miss a penalty in a big game, you have to cry. Without tears, people won’t feel sorry for you, and your team mates will start fearing the worst. SWP might poke Joe Cole in the ribs, and whisper something about how you don’t look fussed enough. What an idiot, they will think, coming to our club, not giving a monkeys.
JT got his post-penalty reaction spot on – before even making it back to halfway, the tears were rolling down his face, his bottom lip was all over the place. Textbook weeping, JT. Something the fans and media will look at and admire. A grown man sobbing like a child is moving – even when it’s a hateful gelled-up idiot.
Someone who got it oh so wrong was Anelka. Never has a man looked less bothered after losing a big cup. He might as well have just yelped “awww, shucks!” hitting his knee playfully with his fist. He no doubt spent the rest of the evening saying “I know, I know, gutted… really gutted” in the world’s most hollow voice, whilst everyone else wept genuine tears and held each other.