While Heurelho Gomes was having a nice sit down before Sunday’s penalty shoot-out at Wembley, his opposite number was involved in some last-minute studying, something which kept the quintuple dream alive!
We’ll never know whether Tottenham might have won the Carling Cup if Ryan Giggs’ penalty had rebounded back towards him, rather than into the goal. However, it seems as though Manchester United’s superiority came down to footage of the Spurs players being shown on an Ipod. The Times reports that Ben Foster spent his post-extra-time minutes watching how the opposition had previously taken penalties.
“I had been told that if O’Hara took a kick from the spot then I should stand up and be strong and that he would probably put the ball to my left,” Foster said.
“The iPod is an innovation of Eric’s, he brought it to the club when he joined us from Blackburn Rovers,” Foster said. “It’s an amazing tool to have, it means you can brush up straightaway.”
You know what Edwin Van Der Sar will be doing if any of Manchester United’s Champions League clashes go to spot-kicks this season! This must be a first of its kind, using the available technology to study the Tottenham players. Were Spurs supporters surprised to see Jami O’Hara take the first spot kick for their team, or does it illustrate a player prepared to put his balls on the line?