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Holy: I Don't Like Penalties, That Was Only My Second or Third Save Ever
Wednesday, 27th Nov 2019 12:13

Blues keeper Tomas Holy has revealed he’s no fan of penalties despite making a vital stop from Joe Jacobson’s spotkick in the 87th minute of last night’s 0-0 draw with Wycombe Wanderers at Portman Road. The 27-year-old says he doesn’t practice penalties in training with Tuesday’s save only his second or third ever.

Holy was frustrated that the Blues dropped two points given the work his team-mates had put in over the 90 minutes and felt the performance warranted the victory.

“It’s disappointing because we have dropped two points, especially at home but it’s a ‘positive disappointment’ because the boys worked hard as hell, they left absolutely everything on the pitch,” he said.

“In my opinion we deserved more than just the one point from this game but we couldn’t give more in this game.

“It’s disappointing because we lost two points but the boys played really well and I am really proud of them.

“We just have to take positive things from this game and transplant them into another game. That’s what we have to do.”

Among those positives is that the Blues are still sitting in second in the League One table, five points behind the Chairboys but with two games in hand.

“That’s why there is no point in being disappointed,” the Czech added. “There’s still more than half the season still to play, too many games still coming up. A lot of points still in play.

“There is no reason to be disappointed that we dropped two points at home, we have many, many points still in play and two games in hand, five points is the gap, four points down to third. We can still handle it.”

Was his recall to the side on Tuesday a surprise with Will Norris having started the previous three league matches? “It’s always like a surprise for everyone because we don’t know the starting XI until the pre-game meeting.

“But absolutely nothing changed for any of us because if we want to get back in the Championship the gaffer needs 18 or 20 ready players, not just 12 or 13, so everyone must be ready, everyone has to have minutes on the pitch.

“Anything can happen in football, illness, injury, whatever and the next one must be ready. Me and Will we support each other. Whoever plays it doesn’t matter, we just both need to be ready and leave absolutely everything out on the pitch.”

Norris having kept out a crucial penalty in the FA Cup tie against Lincoln Holy matched him with his save from the spot last night.

“Of course I am very happy because the boys worked so hard and if he scored at this time it would have been so difficult to get back in the game,” he reflected.

“I am very glad because the people in the stands made an absolutely incredible atmosphere. It’s an emotional thing.

“But one difference between the two penalties - Will knew what he was doing. Basically I didn’t know! It was instinct/gambling. But I think both penalty saves were very important.”

Asked why he doesn’t research penalties with Jacobson Wycombe’s regular taker, he added: “To be fair, I’m not a penalty type. That was my second or maybe third penalty save in my life. That’s another reason I’m so happy with that.

“To be fair, it was quite a good save, but I have no idea how I did it! But it still counts. I kept it out.”

He says he stays away from penalties at Playford Road: “I always stay out of the penalties on the training ground. I hate it! Always when someone wants [to take them it’s] ‘Tomas, Tomas, come on penalty’, I say ‘No, will never happen, I’m out’.

“Why? Like I say, I’m not a penalty type of goalkeeper. I really don’t like it. I don’t like penalties. That’s what I do, I don’t like them.

“[Tuesday’s save] wasn’t too bad but I don’t know care how it looked, the main thing was that it was kept out of the goal, that’s the main thing because it was the worst time for a penalty kick.”

Quizzed on his celebration, he said:“That was an emotional thing because the fans made the emotional atmosphere so it just naturally came out of me. I didn’t know what I was doing it was just a natural thing that came out of me.”

Holy says fellow keeper Norris was the first to shake his hand after the match: “Yes, the same as I am the first person to congratulate him because, like I said, we support each other and that’s the main thing, just to keep this chemistry between every one of us, especially between goalkeepers.

“Nothing changes for any of us because another game Will will play and I will support him as well. In my opinion that’s the main thing.”

The 6ft 9in tall keeper says he hopes the pair of them are making it difficult for manager Paul Lambert to make his selection.

“I think it’s nicely difficult for the gaffer because, if I can say that, whoever he picks for the game I don't think he makes a mistake,” he said.

“I want to try to be humble but we both work really hard on the training ground, we both want to play and we both want to leave absolutely everything on the pitch. I think that’s most important for the gaffer and whoever he picks, he picks well.

“Are we good goalkeepers? I never say that but, of course, I try to work hard to be a good goalkeeper.”

Holy says he and Norris have no idea which of them will get the nod for the FA Cup tie at Coventry on Sunday.

“No, I don’t. We will know that straight before the game, on Sunday at the pre-game meeting,” he said.

“It wasn’t like that before but since the two defeats [at Accrington and at home to Rotherham], the gaffer has kept us excited and, to be honest, it’s not actually too bad because we both now have no idea who is going to play and it keeps us working hard on the training ground and both ready.”

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martin587 added 12:17 - Nov 27
Tomas nevertheless it was still a great save and fully justified.Well done.👏👏

JimmyP45 added 12:30 - Nov 27
One of the best penalty saves I have seen.

TimmyH added 12:57 - Nov 27
You know why he saved it? was the rotation policy :) he wouldn't have saved it otherwise.

Kickingblock added 13:04 - Nov 27
He deserves a high five, I'll get a step ladder.

Bluefish11 added 13:05 - Nov 27
I thought it was as good a penalty save as you can see, certainly save of the season so far BUT I would want a keeper who can save 3 in 5 pens in a playoff shoot out, so I would not claim to have only saved 3 in a lifetime. Now you have saved one, get practicing!

Warkys_Tash added 14:52 - Nov 27
Awesome save BIg Man - that could be a huge point come May.

Cakeman added 15:02 - Nov 27
Great save from a great character. Personally I would start with Tomas in every game. Not because he is better than Will Norris but because he is our keeper not a loan one.

SamWhiteUK added 15:29 - Nov 27
Superb stop. Agreed Cakeman, feel Wolves must have been on the phone because he didn't deserve to be dropped.

jabberjackson added 16:03 - Nov 27
Great save Tomas
I am concerned about the inertness of Danny Rowe following the save (see picture)
Everyone need to be 100% alive to a penalty kick
You lose

runningout added 19:05 - Nov 27
Rowe was nearer half way line than penalty box. Waiting for non existent counter attack...that Clearance after penalty save was very dodgy. I’m sure we’ll improve slowly

dirtydingusmagee added 19:28 - Nov 27
it was a brulliant pen save Tomas.

ThaiBlue added 19:47 - Nov 27
Well done big fella on a great save,norris must be wondering what he done wrong to be dropped as holy probably did a few weeks ago.poor management by lambert keep your best keeper in the sticks as the back 4 would be more at ease with a regular week in week out keeper.should not rotate mr lambert.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 20:21 - Nov 27
Fast becoming a PR hero. Also seems a very likeable guy. If we go up, I’m sure he’ll hack it in a higher league too.

BlueMachines added 21:23 - Nov 27
Surprised no one else seems concerned regarding his complete disregard for penalties. What an awful attitude to have and no wonder he has barely ever saved any. Very bizarre.

Tellitasitis added 23:35 - Nov 27
Is anyone else concerned with the amount of free kicks Norwood give away when going up for a header??? The guy does my nut in and as for Jackson how when your a professional footballer can you mis-time a jump when trying to head a football he landed before the ball even gets there so frustrating where is Steve Whitton when you need him!!!!

Seri added 10:28 - Nov 28
So many other keepers or outplayers or whoever would have bragged immensely after such a heroic performance, but he keeps talking himself down. A rare quality in social media 2019. Great big man !

FreddySteady added 12:18 - Nov 28

Completely agree. Surprised this has been allowed to happen.

el_nino added 12:50 - Nov 28
BlueMachines - completely agree. Strange attitude to have as a goalkeeper, and it’s probably the sole reason he’s only saved 3 in his career. In addition when you think of all the stats and info around these days regarding players, he should be studying the opposition penalty takers each week with the club analyst so he knows where they are likely to put the ball.

Garv added 13:14 - Nov 28
Based on the two keeps so far I've got no problem rotating them. Holy probably edges it but there's probably value in keeping Wolves/Norris happy in case they look to recall him.

Linkboy13 added 17:47 - Nov 28
Just goes to show doesn't pay to be honest in football good for you Thomas he shouldn't have been dropped in the first place just because Wolves wanted their keeper more game time. The game against Wycombe showed our short comings up front we've never really replaced Murphy's physical presence and hold up play. Nogood sorry Norwood spends most of his time fouling and missing open goals he should concentrate on matters on the pitch. Jackson has his limitations but he always gives his all and is not a target man who can hold the ball up and should not be playing on his own up front.

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