Scott Fenwick was a striker today suffering from mixed emotions.
There was cause for celebration after his superb 51st-minute goal from an exquisite set-up by Rakish Bingham took Hartlepool United to a penalty shoot-out against Sheffield United.
It will not stop me from taking another penaltySCOTT FENWICK
Then came the heartache as Fenwick saw his spot-kick saved by George Long as the Blades won 4-3. But the Geordie says that will put him off stepping forward again from 12 yards.
“I’m not one for letting the pressure get to me,” said the 25-year-old. “I’m just so disappointed in myself for missing.
“It will not stop me from taking another penalty, I’d get back up there straight away.”
But Fenwick was pleased to net his second goal of the campaign, a great finish from the left side of the box after some unselfish play from Bingham.
Fenwick admitted that his front partner had a right to go for goal himself but he’s glad he chose to pass.
“I had a feeling he would go on his own – he has a few times this season when a better option has been on,” said the ex-Dunston forward.
“But you can’t argue because he’s a striker himself.
“I think he made the right decision here – he’s got himself another assist and I’ve put it away.
“It was the perfect ball – he’s had a quick look, he knows where I am, and he’s put it there for me.
“Their keeper’s a big lad and figuring he thought I’d put it low, I decided to put it to the side of him.
“I was pleased but, as I’ve said before, it doesn’t matter which one of us is putting the ball in as long as someone’s scoring.”
And Fenwick felt Pools could then have gone on to take the victory. “I felt if we’d done a little better with our set-pieces and put the ball into better areas, we may be could have nicked it,” he said.
“I think though, apart from the first 10 minutes, we’ve done pretty well overall to take a good side to penalties.”