Queens put on the spot in Oswestry

Semi-fi­nal place de­nied af­ter penalty shoot-out

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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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