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Goalkeeper looks back on shootout drama

28 August 2014

Mark Howard refused to steel all the limelight, despite saving Enner Valencia's penalty in Tuesday's dramatic shootout success in the Capital One Cup.

With the scores tied at 4-4 in the shootout, Howard produced an excellent save to deny the Hammers Ecuadorian World Cup star from twelve yards, giving Michael Doyle the opportunity to fire home the winning penalty which the skipper duly did in front of the Blades travelling fans.

Afterwards, an ecstatic Howard remarked: "You have to do your homework so you are prepared for every eventuality and it is a great feeling when it comes off like it did.

"Our Prozone Analyst (Mike Allen) deserves his share of the credit because he got a lot of clips together for me and he told me the right way to go for the penalty I saved!

"My save was obviously a great feeling personally and it put is in charge of our own destiny, but credit to Michael Doyle for handling the pressure with the decisive fifth kick, all our penalties were to a very high standard.

"It all comes down to pressure, outfield players can practice until the cows come home, but for goalkeepers you aren't expected to make a save, so when you do you suddenly become the hero.

"But it also takes a lot of bottle to step up in front of 30,000 supporters and score a spot-kick, so everyone deserves their bit of the limelight."

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