I can’t help but kick off this piece by bringing Daniel Farke’s “philosophy” on penalties – and more importantly, who takes them, to the forefront.
After an excellent point and result against Derby – which could, or couldn’t, have been more – Farke said there were two nominated penalty takers in our side, i.e. Nelson and Madders. But Farke’s key point was that if either is the one who is fouled the other must take the penalty.
DanieI, I would have died for your playing career, let alone that of Wes, Alex Tettey or to have been able to emulate the embryonic emergence of James Maddison. I simply wasn’t good enough I’m afraid.
But when I played in the middle divisions of a very large league in Essex our old manager, Cooky, thought quite differently on pens.
His attitude was: “The man who fouled you stopped you scoring. He stopped you assisting (not that the phrase existed in those days). Now go punish the “gentleman” in goal by busting his net.” And you know what? It worked. It was always given to the man brought down to take.
My role in this was simple. If one of our players really, really didn’t fancy it I would put the round thing on the spot. Playing at left-back as I did the keeper hadn’t even seen me apart from the corners I came up for, let alone have had the chance to psych me out. Fordy and Mickey rarely wanted to give me the ball for a spotty, but on a few occasions the latter did.
To any reader who thinks it’s easy (I’m sure most of you know it isn’t), just tarry for a moment. The goal looks utterly massive and the keeper so small. Until you’re actually taking one, and I can assure you the mindset changes.
The keeper makes himself large and invariably starts bouncing about three feet forward from his line. Suddenly those angles don’t look so easy and the distractions are in full flow. You do your thing, and so does the keeper. The original who dares wins really.
So, what I’m saying is: I hope supporters lay off Nelson. Sure, it was a cr@p penalty but anyone who has ever taken one at any level should surely understand. It is NOT as easy as it looks unless your confidence level is through the roof (Hi Madders – congrats on double figures for goals scored for the season!).
We all know about the early kick-off on Sunday and all that it means to all of us. Nelson simply has to be part of that side as it’s hardly the game for Dennis Srbeny to debut in. Ten games without a goal – what better time for our Nelson to rediscover his touch?
They got “Burtoned” on Saturday, Uncle Mick has been in full vocal flow recently with his oil tankers and paddles stuff directed at those poor old Mackems so the “banter” has already begun, even if it has yet to be directed at us.
I lump MickMac in with Colin – as much as I mildly dislike both of them I feel no hatred whatsoever towards either. Characters who will be a loss to the game when they depart from it, which will surely not be long in either case.
Giving the Binners a Farke-style 1-0 beating would please me immensely.