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Should we persist with Jonathan Forte? Or return to Pierce Sweeney?

We seem to be getting a fair number of penalties this season, so clearly choice of penalty taker is important. My feeling is that we should return to Pierce Sweeney.
 

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Do we practice penalties I wonder?

We seem to have returned to the bad old days of around 6-7 years ago when we couldn't score them for toffee.

I'd give Forte another go - he's 1-2 so far. Otherwise I wonder if the Skip would step up.
 

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The keeper was already going the wrong way when he kicked the penalty. He needs to learn to watch the keeper and kick the ball simultaneously
 

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What are the rules about hesitating before kicking the ball I noticed Willian adopted this yesterday isn't it cheating?
 

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Lee Martin scored a great penalty v Ipswich in the shootout so he gets my vote. Hoping Forte will be dropped soon anyway, really not keen on him.
 

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What are the rules about hesitating before kicking the ball I noticed Willian adopted this yesterday isn't it cheating?
You're supposed to keep moving (even if very slowly) and there is something around not stopping in the ball-kicking stride (as this could lead to the keeper diving prematurely).

Willian's penalty was well within the boundaries as laid out.
 

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The keeper was already going the wrong way when he kicked the penalty. He needs to learn to watch the keeper and kick the ball simultaneously
Agreed. By the time he struck the ball the keeper was already the other side of the goal. All he had to do was roll it in.
 

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He's a professional footballer, the easiest way to score for a striker should be with a penalty.
 

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Clearly you guys have never taken a penalty, you make it sound so easy.
Indeed, I think some people live life in slow motion replay mode.

I speak as someone who has a 100% record from the spot, although the last one was touch and go as I fluffed it so badly the keeper, having dived the wrong way, almost had time to get back up and save it!
 

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Perhaps we could get the League to change the rules and have penalty taking duties as a supplementary prize in the 50/50.
 

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Clearly you guys have never taken a penalty, you make it sound so easy.
It is. Pick the side of your kicking foot, my right for me. Aim just inside the post, hit with enough pace (you don't need to blast it, a good solid side foot should be enough) and keep it low. That way you're bending around the dive of the keeper and inside of the post. I always found going the other way meant you were in danger of getting the ball within the keepers reach to make sure you got it inside the post and if he did get a touch he wouldn't need as much to divert it around the post as the ball would be curving away
 

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Clearly you guys have never taken a penalty, you make it sound so easy.
The penalty was not invented yesterday, Proper. He's a professional footballer ; he had the keeper at his mercy but belted the ball instead of placing it. Yes, anybody can make a bad miss, and he did. That's a FACT
 
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It is. Pick the side of your kicking foot, my right for me. Aim just inside the post, hit with enough pace (you don't need to blast it, a good solid side foot should be enough) and keep it low. That way you're bending around the dive of the keeper and inside of the post. I always found going the other way meant you were in danger of getting the ball within the keepers reach to make sure you got it inside the post and if he did get a touch he wouldn't need as much to divert it around the post as the ball would be curving away
Oh, and don't change your mind. That's a sure fire way to miss.
 

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Not Sweeney. Maybe it's coincidence, but he seemed drained of all confidence after that penalty miss - not just for that match, but the fifteen following. Whoever takes penalties needs the mental strength to keep going after they miss one. Fair play to Forte, he did exactly that on Saturday.
 

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Oh, and don't change your mind. That's a sure fire way to miss.
Unless you’re Matt Le Tissier. Saw a video he did on penalty taking and he said he’d often change his mind just as he was about to hit the ball if he saw the ‘keeper begin to dive the way he was planning to go.

But yes, agree that the vast majority of players should pick a spot and stick to it.
 
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