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Mannone | “It was the best feeling”

Vito Mannone discusses his remarkable penalty save

31 March 2018

The man of the moment, Vito Mannone, described his last minute penalty save against Queens Park Rangers one of ‘the best feelings for a goalkeeper’.

Thanks to an extraordinary strike from Sone Aluko, three points looked all but assured for Paul Clement’s side. However, a last-minute spot-kick was awarded after a late challenge on Pawel Wszolek in the final minutes.

For Mannone, though, he held his nerve remarkably to secure a deserved three points for the Royals.

Speaking to Readingfc.co.uk, the Italian explained: “It’s a great feeling when you save a penalty. It is the best feeling for a goalkeeper I think – especially given the circumstances.

 “Everyone worked hard and did their job to go 1-0 up and then a penalty is given to ruin all that hard work.

 “I was really happy to make the save and help the team gain a valuable three points.”

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He added: “I’ve been in a similar position before where save the penalty means so much.

“When it happens, I feel that the pressure goes my way and so the first feeling I have is a positive one.

“I had nothing to lose and the opportunity to become a hero.

“I love this moment. It has happened in the past with other clubs and I was glad that I could do it again.

“Today was a massive, massive game and it was great to have the crowd with us all the way.”


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