Having watched the heartbreak of one or two World Cup penalty misses in recent weeks, Ryan Guy faced his own last minute spot kick miss against Rovers at Tallaght Stadium on Monday night.
While he was devastated with the miss, the American striker is more determined to play better than ever for the Saints – starting with UCD on Friday night at Richmond Park.
Ryan Guy took time out today to speak with www.stpatsfc.com :
On starting up front
“When you play a team a number of times you need to try different things so I was pushed up front last night to maybe use my pace a bit on the big pitch and to try and knock their defence off balance.
I was happy with the way that was working and with my own game”.
On the penalty incident
“Towards the end of the game, it became a bit mad, we were really pushing for an equaliser, the play was opening up and mistakes were being made.
I saw the handball but whether the ball was over the line or not, I don't know as I was looking at it head on”.
On taking the penalty
“I was the nominated penalty taker for the day, I was feeling confident and had no hesitation in opting to step up.
I probably hit it higher than I would have liked and their keeper made a decent save.
I was devastated, it was as bad a feeling as you can possibly get, you feel you've let the supporters, the players and the club all down.
You had the opportunity of glory or bust and unfortunately I ended up with the latter”.
On taking to the field again
“Whatever fire I have inside me for the club it's now burning stronger than ever.
I desperately want to make up for that miss and the only way I know do that is to go out and play better than I ever have for St Pat's.
I suppose one good thing is that there are more matches coming up starting with UCD on Friday and that is now my focus”.
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