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Mannone | “It was the best feeling”

Vito Mannone discusses his remarkable penalty save

31 March 2018

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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, 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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