Monday, November 26, 2007

Spurs' penalty policy

Still frustrated after we looked a gift horse in the mouth right at the finale of yesterday's entertaining game, I got thinking about penalty taking. Although Defoe ended up taking the spot kick as there was no Keane on the field (who would normally take them) I wondered why it was Defoe who stepped up. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying "I told you so" and arguing someone else should have taken it. But, did he take it because he'd won it, or because he's officially the number two penalty taker behind Robbie or was it because it was against West Ham and it was personal? I don't know the answer, but I know that Wenger adopts a policy that Ramos might like to consider.

I know it is rare for a Spurs fan to point at anything good coming from the other end of Seven Sisters Road, but bear with me here. Apparently the Arsenal policy is that the guy who wins a penalty isn't allowed to take it. In other words, Wenger feels that the person who has just won the spot kick is presumably too wound up and pre-occupied and therefore it is more reliable for someone else to step forward who wasn't involved in the build up. I can believe the argument has some merit.

After being fouled yesterday and winning a penalty it's all looking good for us. But then for JD to step up against his former club, who he left in acrimonious circumstances, deep into injury time with the score tied, it is one hell of an ask. Instead if it was Bent or Berbatov or Jenas or Bale who was to come forward and take it, they would hopefully be a little calmer and little more focused. Worth a thought anyway...

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