Barker: Practice makes perfect

Crewe's assistant Neil Barker believes penalty practice finally paid off as they beat Doncaster on penalties to advance in the JPT.

Last Updated: 05/12/12 at 12:19

Pogba: On target for Alex

Pogba: On target for Alex

Chris Brown's last-gasp goal cancelled out Mathias Pogba's first-half strike to take 10-man Alex to penalties.

But after Robbie Blake missed from the spot, Barker was quick to praise the amount of players that stepped up to take a kick.

"We practice penalties and we actually had seven or eight who wanted to take them, which is a rarity.

"It was great to see them wanting to step forward and they all took them very well - none of them looked like missing.

"It's a lot easier taking them on astro-turf at the training ground than on grass in front of crowds and there was pressure on them as it means something to go through to the next round."

Barker also added they would need to assess Matt Tootle's challenge on Blake but admitted they had been disappointed with referee Trevor Kettle's performance all night.

"We will need to see the sending-off again but we weren't too happy with the referee all night as a lot of bad tackles were going unpunished."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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