Boss recalls double yule penalty pain

Jez Bedford

Pompey recall midfielder Bedford

Steve Cotterill has plenty of happy memories of previous festive fixtures but he'd rather forget the time he missed two penalties in the same game.

Cotterill – on his way to becoming Bournemouth's player of the year that season – stepped up to the spot on a frozen pitch at Dean Court two days after Christmas 1993.

But at home to Brentford in front of a bumper crowd for the old division two clash, Cotterill completed a rare feat in missing two spot-kicks in one match – and then emerged from the dressing room after the game to jokingly ask the assembled reporters where he could pick up his man-of-the-match award.

He recalled: 'Thanks for reminding me about that day.

'The pitch was frozen solid and you could hardly stand up on it.

'I thought I had sent the keeper the wrong way with the first one but he guessed right.

'I went the same way with the next one and pulled it wide.

'I would have taken the third one as well if we'd got it!

'But there were three big incidents that day.

'We had two penalties and I missed both of them and our goalkeeper Vince Bartram took a kick at a ball going back to him that bobbled and it ended up in our net.

'Vince then said it was an "act of God" and got absolutely slaughtered for it – that was handy because it took the pressure off me!'

Cotterill admitted he had his doubts about his second opportunity from 12 yards.

He said: 'I remember going up for the second one thinking "please don't miss" and lo and behold I pulled it wide.

'I took one on the Wednesday before it and smashed it in the top corner.

'The game was horrific, though. It was like ice skating. It would never be played now.

'We ended up losing 3-0 and the game was embarrassing.

'We were playing in pimpled trainers – imagine doing that now!

'I've learned how to live with it. There have been darker times since then, don't worry about that.

'And I certainly won't be taking any pens this Boxing Day!'