How To Take A Penalty...

Discussion in 'General Football & Other Sport' started by oxhey67, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. oxhey67

    oxhey67 Squad Player the 21st Century. Genuinely excited to see Troy do this at the Vic in the second half of the season!

    His team mate wearing #88 looks genuinely thrilled with his efforts.
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  2. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Straight down the middle.

    That's where you want to put your penalty. I saw an article about it once, with the success rate for different parts of the goal and by far the best was straight down the middle. The keeper having dived off to one side or the other.
  3. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Reservist

    For those who aren’t consummate penalty takers I’ve always thought the best policy is to concentrate on going ‘hard and low’, rather that trying to place the ball. Doing that tends to lift the ball to a height where the keeper is more likely to save it if he happens to dive the right way.
  4. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    What you talkin' 'bout Willis?

    Why would you want the ball to lift to a height where the keeper is more likely to save it?
  5. Squibba

    Squibba Predictor Choker 14/15

    There was a whole section on it on TalkSport today - someone wrote a book about it.

    Danny Murphy said it's about assessing the situation in front of you. The example being, Bobby Zamora once blasting a 90th-minute penalty down the middle and when Murphy asked him why he replied "No keeper is standing still at home in the 90th minute"

    Keepers will tend to dive right or left to look like they're doing something hence going down the middle is the best option statistically.

    Still a lottery though. Can't replicate the pressure.
  6. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Reservist

    I meant that trying to place the ball tends to lift it. Watch any shoot-out and those are the ones that tend to get saved, even if they are quite well struck because the keeper doesn’t have to get right down to the ground.
  7. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    A Finnish bloke was doing this years ago..

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  8. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    That’s my main, actually only, table football manoeuvre.

    Troy seldom gets more than 6 inches off the ground so precious little room for error.
  9. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Data tells us that it pays to lift the ball into the upper portion of the goal.

    Much greater indicator of success than direction.

    True story.
  10. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Zamora playing Socrates to Murphy’s Plato.

    Presumably, Zamora still stuck it Row Z.
  11. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    TBF I struggle to get more than 6 inches off the ground too. Nothing to be ashamed of.
  12. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Well, no, although springiness is more of a 'nice to have' in an FD, I would have thought.
  13. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    Imagine what the Kazan manager would have said if the showboater had missed. And what price the opposition manager said something about lack of respect?
  14. kVA

    kVA Reservist

    He wrote a holodeck programme specifically to prove this.
  15. Maninblack

    Maninblack First Year Pro

    If it was my team he did that against he would be kicked mercilessly for the rest of the match. Showboating ****.
  16. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Actually it was a picture in the paper showing where the last 100/200/300? Prem pens had been directed.

    The huge majority of the above waist height ones were successful as v few were saved.

    Conversely, a surprising proportion of the daisy cutters were saved.

    A similar number simply missed.

    I am not a physicist but maybe this is because diving down is easier than diving up.

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