Queens put on the spot in Oswestry
Semi-final place denied after penalty shoot-out
Queens suffered the agony of another penalty shoot-out in Shropshire as their Irn Bru Cup dream fizzled out thanks to Welsh Premier League champions, The New Saints.
But Gary Naysmith is starting to wonder just what they have to do to win more penalties. Despite several claims, they have only been awarded one spot-kick in normal play since the manager’s arrival almost a year ago.
He said: “Some days you get them and some days you don’t. Well, I’m saying some days you get them but that’s me been in charge for 43 games and we’ve have only had one penalty.
“They say it’s swings and roundabouts and things even themselves out. We must be on one big roundabout as we definitely don’t seem to be getting them under my watch.”
Penalties were the talk of the cup-tie as, after a goal-less 120 minutes of football at the Park Hall Stadium, it came down to the lottery of spot-kicks but the boss is disappointed it got that far.
Gary added: “In the first part of the first half TNS settled into the game better and caused us a few problems which meant we had to change our shape a little bit but I felt the rest of the first half played out evenly.
“In the second half and extra time we were the better team and had by far the better chances to win the game.
“So we’re disappointed it went to a penalty shoot-out and when it goes to that it’s a lottery – it’s whoever can handle the pressure on the day. TNS scored more than us and we’re out.
“We tried for the winner and by the end of extra time we had five attacking players on the pitch.
“So we were trying as much as we could for the winner, it just never came.”
Naysmith also acknowledged the terrific travelling support who made their way from around the country to Oswestry. The Queens boss has also not taken any solace in the fact Queens made the last eight for the second year in a row.
He said: “We couldn’t have asked the players for any more. We had a great support today which is really appreciated and we acknowledged that at the end.
“But football is about putting the ball in the net. We didn’t manage to do that.
“It’s a hard one to take because of the effort that the players put in.
“They were happy to take the penalties but we really wanted to get the winner but congratulations to them and we wish them well.
“We have put a lot of effort into this competition. We’ve had a lot of travelling and we’ve not really had the just rewards but that’s football.
“We need to dust ourselves down and get ready because we’ve got another big cup game on Saturday.”
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