Saturday 29 April 2017

WATCH - Harry Arter urges Southampton to check the state of penalty spot after embarrassing miss

Harry Arter misses a penalty during the Premier League match between Southampton and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's
Harry Arter misses a penalty during the Premier League match between Southampton and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's

Ireland's Harry Arter has refused to blame the Southampton groundstaff after he slipped and skied a penalty over the bar which cost Bournemouth victory at Southampton.

The south coast derby ended 0-0 at St Mary's after Arter slipped during his run-up and struck embarrassingly over the crossbar, as David Beckham did for England against Portugal at Euro 2004.

Tottenham's Harry Kane did similarly earlier this season from the same penalty spot.

"I feel if I score, then we would have got three points," he said.

"I didn't intentionally miss of course. As disappointing as it is, that's part and parcel of football, I've just got to get on with it.

Asked if he was critical of the groundstaff for the state of the penalty spot, he added: "It's my fault.

"I think one of the lads said Harry Kane did the same thing this season in the exact same spot, maybe they need to have a little look at it.

"It's disappointing but we move on."

Cherries boss Eddie Howe is concerned that his side have missed their last three penalties.

Howe said: "I don't know where we go next with our penalty taker. We'll have to think about it and see.

"It's obvious he slipped, it's one of those things. No one goes there to miss. I have to respect that people put themselves up for it, because it's a difficult role.

"Josh King would have taken it: he goes off, you get the penalty, and Harry takes it. You would ideally think a player shouldn't slip taking a penalty but it's a high-pressure situation and these things happen.

"More pleasing is the fact we're creating those opportunities."

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