Marcus is paying the penaltyBy Nick Ive
November 28, 2008
Marcus Hahnemann believes he should have done better and avoided giving away a penalty at Ninian Park on Tuesday night.
The Royals keeper was adjudged to have brought down Michael Chopra in the box during the 2-2 draw with Cardiff.
It initially looked like he was impeded by the Bluebirds striker, but play continued and he then made a clumsy attempt to claim the ball.
And referee Pater Walton awarded a spot-kick after his linesman signalled a foul.
Hahnemann said: “I don’t think he was actually going up for the header, but as I’ve come down I’ve come over the top of him and the ball has come off his head and bounced out.
“It looked like he was going to have a shot so I went to block it and he just fell over, he fell all over the place.
“He did back into me a little bit but I should have done better there’s no question about that.”
Ross McCormack stepped up and slotted home the resulting penalty to make it 2-1, despite Hahnemann getting a hand to it.
“I should have saved the penalty,” said the American. “I thought I had, but it just squirmed under me and that’s the disappointing part.
“Referees make decisions. Sometimes they go for you sometimes they go against you.
“Who am I going to complain to? It doesn’t do any good. It is what it is.
“In hindsight I should have just punched it and got rid of it, but I thought I had it – it didn’t quite happen.”
Royals coach Wally Downes was also fairly philosophical about Hahnemann’s role in the penalty.
Downes said: “Buddy’s (Hahnemann) not the best tackler at the club and that wasn’t one of his best efforts at a tackle, but Sal’s (Bibbo, goalkeeping coach) looked at it more and feels Buddy was impeded to start with.
“But he (Hahnemann) has been terrific for us so no complaints.”
Hahnemann made up for his penalty error, by pulling off two vital early saves when Cardiff were on top of the game.
And Royals showed their battling spirit in the second half as Brynjar Gunnarsson grabbed an equaliser as Steve Coppell’s men held out for a point.
Hahnemann added: “I made a save and came out and blocked another one but it felt a bit like last Saturday against Southampton.
“But what was so pleasing was how we reacted to everything. We just kept going and in the second half it was awesome, so solid and Brynjar got a great goal.
“Set plays is where you are going to take advantage when you’re a man down and we scored from open play.
“We showed a great attitude and it was awesome to see and I think that’s what we needed.”
Royals’ next match is at home to Coventry City on Monday night and Hahnemann is hoping the team give the supporters something to cheer about following their woeful display in the 2-1 defeat to struggling Southampton last week.
“We weren’t the best and neither were the fans,” said Hahnemann. “All I heard was the Southampton fans but we didn’t give them anything to cheer about.
“Sometimes it happens. I wish we knew exactly what went wrong that day, but it’s such a long season and you are going to get those blips along the way.
“Hopefully they are few and far between.”
He added: “Everyone can beat everyone and that’s what’s so exciting about this division.
“Yeah, going to Old Trafford isn’t bad, but going to Cardiff on a Tuesday night in the freezing cold is also good. There was a great atmosphere and hopefully we’ll have that on Monday.”