Spot kick nerves

Q: Which Tottenham players wanted to take a penalty in the Carling Cup shoot-out?

A: None of them!

Tottenham players during the Carling Cup shoot-out

Tottenham Hotspur employ several people whose sole purpose is to score goals. They are called ‘strikers’, and they were distinctly absent from the Carling Cup penalty shoot-out, an occasion when the skill of scoring goals is extremely useful.

According to talkSPORT’s breakfast show, the reason for Spurs’ unlikely penalty-taker line-up (and subsequent underwhelming performance) was a general reticence to step up to the spot. When Harry Redknapp asked “who wants to take a penalty?” not a single player raised his hand.

Luka Modric
is the first player to speak out about his penalty-taking anxiety, which stems from his failure to convert against Turkey during Euro 2008:

“I need to get over the fear. I do not want taking penalties to become a continuous problem for me.”

Messrs bent and Pavlyuchenko, we await your excuses. [Actually Mr Pavlyuchenko, you had been substituted by that point so your excuse is valid - Ed.]

3 responses so far
  • ailtonmilton // March 4, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Pavlyuchenko had been substituted by that point. Substituted players can’t take penalties.

  • Arthur Van Der Lae // March 4, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Bent was due to take the 5th penalty

  • Ryan Bailey // March 4, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Thanks ailtonmilton, point noted.

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