Lopez: I'm still first to be put on the spot

The Argus: David Lopez expects to remain first choice penalty taker David Lopez expects to remain first choice penalty taker

David Lopez insists he is still Albion’s first choice penalty taker – in principle.

But he is happy Ashley Barnes used a spot-kick against Blackburn to get off the mark for the season.

Barnes got to the ball before his team-mate to open the scoring against Rovers last month. The centre-forward also struck from the spot in Albion’s last home game against Leicester last week after David had left the field.

The Spanish midfielder, who converted four out of four last term, told The Argus: “The boss said if I’m on the pitch I take them.

“I was going to take the penalty against Blackburn but Ashley wanted to score, he felt he needed that confidence.

“The important thing is the ball went in and he hasn’t stopped scoring since.

“It can depend a bit on who is on the pitch and how they are feeling. But, in principle, if I’m on the pitch I take them.”

David, substituted in 12 of his last 13 starts, completed Albion’s 4-1 victory from the spot when Saturday’s Amex opponents Huddersfield visited last season.

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8:18am Thu 19 Dec 13

mrgull says...

Yep,my 1st choice penalty taker too.my concern is who should take his place when he is substituted,with Ulloa coming back will it be him or perhaps someone that is more likely to play the full 90 mins
Yep,my 1st choice penalty taker too.my concern is who should take his place when he is substituted,with Ulloa coming back will it be him or perhaps someone that is more likely to play the full 90 mins mrgull

8:24am Thu 19 Dec 13

bbb1969 says...

More performances like Leicester please David. You were still in and ouy of that game but would be ok with that ALL season if you play 2 killer passes like that and they end up in the back pf the net. You do need to stay on the pitch though to be able to take a penalty so hope your form improves over the Xmas period. You may want to ask Sants for some high performance consistency boots.
More performances like Leicester please David. You were still in and ouy of that game but would be ok with that ALL season if you play 2 killer passes like that and they end up in the back pf the net. You do need to stay on the pitch though to be able to take a penalty so hope your form improves over the Xmas period. You may want to ask Sants for some high performance consistency boots. bbb1969

8:29am Thu 19 Dec 13

SMF20 says...

As much as I respect David's dead ball ability to include penalty taking... For me and imho David should not even be near the pitch when we are awarded a penalty to take.

His contribution this year with the exception of a couple of passes in only 1 game has been incredibly poor.
We have had to carry him in every match and most of the time it has been like playing with 10 men. This is backed up by him being substituted in 12 of his 13 starts.

I like David as a professional and as said his dead ball ability is excellent.. In my eyes he just doesn't offer enough though to currently warrant a place in the squad.

Roll on Saturday

Uta
As much as I respect David's dead ball ability to include penalty taking... For me and imho David should not even be near the pitch when we are awarded a penalty to take. His contribution this year with the exception of a couple of passes in only 1 game has been incredibly poor. We have had to carry him in every match and most of the time it has been like playing with 10 men. This is backed up by him being substituted in 12 of his 13 starts. I like David as a professional and as said his dead ball ability is excellent.. In my eyes he just doesn't offer enough though to currently warrant a place in the squad. Roll on Saturday Uta SMF20

8:38am Thu 19 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

SMF20 wrote:
As much as I respect David's dead ball ability to include penalty taking... For me and imho David should not even be near the pitch when we are awarded a penalty to take.

His contribution this year with the exception of a couple of passes in only 1 game has been incredibly poor.
We have had to carry him in every match and most of the time it has been like playing with 10 men. This is backed up by him being substituted in 12 of his 13 starts.

I like David as a professional and as said his dead ball ability is excellent.. In my eyes he just doesn't offer enough though to currently warrant a place in the squad.

Roll on Saturday

Uta
You make some good points, but it's all about the balance of the side, Lopez isn't an Ince,Bridcutt,or a crofts and can't do what they do, but I doubt that any of the aforementioned could hit the two exquisite passes that he did against Leicester. That's the beauty of having the midfield options we have, and when Orlandi returns we will have another quality touch player to add to the mix. UTA
[quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: As much as I respect David's dead ball ability to include penalty taking... For me and imho David should not even be near the pitch when we are awarded a penalty to take. His contribution this year with the exception of a couple of passes in only 1 game has been incredibly poor. We have had to carry him in every match and most of the time it has been like playing with 10 men. This is backed up by him being substituted in 12 of his 13 starts. I like David as a professional and as said his dead ball ability is excellent.. In my eyes he just doesn't offer enough though to currently warrant a place in the squad. Roll on Saturday Uta[/p][/quote]You make some good points, but it's all about the balance of the side, Lopez isn't an Ince,Bridcutt,or a crofts and can't do what they do, but I doubt that any of the aforementioned could hit the two exquisite passes that he did against Leicester. That's the beauty of having the midfield options we have, and when Orlandi returns we will have another quality touch player to add to the mix. UTA Alfie T

8:45am Thu 19 Dec 13

SMF20 says...

Alfie T wrote:
SMF20 wrote:
As much as I respect David's dead ball ability to include penalty taking... For me and imho David should not even be near the pitch when we are awarded a penalty to take.

His contribution this year with the exception of a couple of passes in only 1 game has been incredibly poor.
We have had to carry him in every match and most of the time it has been like playing with 10 men. This is backed up by him being substituted in 12 of his 13 starts.

I like David as a professional and as said his dead ball ability is excellent.. In my eyes he just doesn't offer enough though to currently warrant a place in the squad.

Roll on Saturday

Uta
You make some good points, but it's all about the balance of the side, Lopez isn't an Ince,Bridcutt,or a crofts and can't do what they do, but I doubt that any of the aforementioned could hit the two exquisite passes that he did against Leicester. That's the beauty of having the midfield options we have, and when Orlandi returns we will have another quality touch player to add to the mix. UTA
I completely agree Alfie... David isn't any of the players you mention... Equally I'd suggest that he isn't meant to be... He plays in a position that would see him competing more with Buckley, Lua Lua, Orlandi and the departed Conway.
Yes he made 2 killer passes against Leicester but who's to say that one of his competitors for his position wouldn't have set up 2 as well.

I completely respect your opinion but for me David has just not done enough to warrant any kind of inclusion in our match day squad.

Here's to healthy debate :)

Uta
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: As much as I respect David's dead ball ability to include penalty taking... For me and imho David should not even be near the pitch when we are awarded a penalty to take. His contribution this year with the exception of a couple of passes in only 1 game has been incredibly poor. We have had to carry him in every match and most of the time it has been like playing with 10 men. This is backed up by him being substituted in 12 of his 13 starts. I like David as a professional and as said his dead ball ability is excellent.. In my eyes he just doesn't offer enough though to currently warrant a place in the squad. Roll on Saturday Uta[/p][/quote]You make some good points, but it's all about the balance of the side, Lopez isn't an Ince,Bridcutt,or a crofts and can't do what they do, but I doubt that any of the aforementioned could hit the two exquisite passes that he did against Leicester. That's the beauty of having the midfield options we have, and when Orlandi returns we will have another quality touch player to add to the mix. UTA[/p][/quote]I completely agree Alfie... David isn't any of the players you mention... Equally I'd suggest that he isn't meant to be... He plays in a position that would see him competing more with Buckley, Lua Lua, Orlandi and the departed Conway. Yes he made 2 killer passes against Leicester but who's to say that one of his competitors for his position wouldn't have set up 2 as well. I completely respect your opinion but for me David has just not done enough to warrant any kind of inclusion in our match day squad. Here's to healthy debate :) Uta SMF20

8:53am Thu 19 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

SMF20 wrote:
Alfie T wrote:
SMF20 wrote:
As much as I respect David's dead ball ability to include penalty taking... For me and imho David should not even be near the pitch when we are awarded a penalty to take.

His contribution this year with the exception of a couple of passes in only 1 game has been incredibly poor.
We have had to carry him in every match and most of the time it has been like playing with 10 men. This is backed up by him being substituted in 12 of his 13 starts.

I like David as a professional and as said his dead ball ability is excellent.. In my eyes he just doesn't offer enough though to currently warrant a place in the squad.

Roll on Saturday

Uta
You make some good points, but it's all about the balance of the side, Lopez isn't an Ince,Bridcutt,or a crofts and can't do what they do, but I doubt that any of the aforementioned could hit the two exquisite passes that he did against Leicester. That's the beauty of having the midfield options we have, and when Orlandi returns we will have another quality touch player to add to the mix. UTA
I completely agree Alfie... David isn't any of the players you mention... Equally I'd suggest that he isn't meant to be... He plays in a position that would see him competing more with Buckley, Lua Lua, Orlandi and the departed Conway.
Yes he made 2 killer passes against Leicester but who's to say that one of his competitors for his position wouldn't have set up 2 as well.

I completely respect your opinion but for me David has just not done enough to warrant any kind of inclusion in our match day squad.

Here's to healthy debate :)

Uta
Absolutely, roll on Saturday
[quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: As much as I respect David's dead ball ability to include penalty taking... For me and imho David should not even be near the pitch when we are awarded a penalty to take. His contribution this year with the exception of a couple of passes in only 1 game has been incredibly poor. We have had to carry him in every match and most of the time it has been like playing with 10 men. This is backed up by him being substituted in 12 of his 13 starts. I like David as a professional and as said his dead ball ability is excellent.. In my eyes he just doesn't offer enough though to currently warrant a place in the squad. Roll on Saturday Uta[/p][/quote]You make some good points, but it's all about the balance of the side, Lopez isn't an Ince,Bridcutt,or a crofts and can't do what they do, but I doubt that any of the aforementioned could hit the two exquisite passes that he did against Leicester. That's the beauty of having the midfield options we have, and when Orlandi returns we will have another quality touch player to add to the mix. UTA[/p][/quote]I completely agree Alfie... David isn't any of the players you mention... Equally I'd suggest that he isn't meant to be... He plays in a position that would see him competing more with Buckley, Lua Lua, Orlandi and the departed Conway. Yes he made 2 killer passes against Leicester but who's to say that one of his competitors for his position wouldn't have set up 2 as well. I completely respect your opinion but for me David has just not done enough to warrant any kind of inclusion in our match day squad. Here's to healthy debate :) Uta[/p][/quote]Absolutely, roll on Saturday Alfie T

10:40am Thu 19 Dec 13

wiseman of hove says...

I'm a bit ambivalent where David is concerned. His repeated substitutions cannot be put down to master tactics. It's a reflection of a generally indifferent season. Why not see him come on as a sub rather than start every single game?
I'm a bit ambivalent where David is concerned. His repeated substitutions cannot be put down to master tactics. It's a reflection of a generally indifferent season. Why not see him come on as a sub rather than start every single game? wiseman of hove

11:02am Thu 19 Dec 13

Joel'sGrandad says...

Yes, Spanish Dave has not had the best of seasons but Oscar picks him because of what he did against Leicester. Hopefully he will put in more performances like that and become much more consistent. Each player brings a certain quality to the team and even if one or two are below par it's the overall team performance that counts. And we're doing very nicely at the moment, thank you. Keep it up lads.UTA
Yes, Spanish Dave has not had the best of seasons but Oscar picks him because of what he did against Leicester. Hopefully he will put in more performances like that and become much more consistent. Each player brings a certain quality to the team and even if one or two are below par it's the overall team performance that counts. And we're doing very nicely at the moment, thank you. Keep it up lads.UTA Joel'sGrandad

12:37pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Yogi says...

Quiet time on the news front obviously!!

CMS update please, it's much more interesting than an item to fill space up like this.
Quiet time on the news front obviously!! CMS update please, it's much more interesting than an item to fill space up like this. Yogi

12:50pm Thu 19 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

I don't like this thread, I wasn't written to spark a debate about who takes the penalties, I think Mr. Owen is opening the door for us to debate David, a bit like how we often got a snippet about certain Spaniard on quiet news days. Mr. Owen, I think you are being a tad lazy today.
I don't like this thread, I wasn't written to spark a debate about who takes the penalties, I think Mr. Owen is opening the door for us to debate David, a bit like how we often got a snippet about certain Spaniard on quiet news days. Mr. Owen, I think you are being a tad lazy today. VegasSeagull

1:31pm Thu 19 Dec 13

tug509 says...

Off topic,i just read a good joke.

Apparrently there`s a guy up north who is really embarrassed ,he`s name is Colin W@nker and he just found out it`s an annagram of Neil Warnock !.
Off topic,i just read a good joke. Apparrently there`s a guy up north who is really embarrassed ,he`s name is Colin W@nker and he just found out it`s an annagram of Neil Warnock !. tug509

1:43pm Thu 19 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

tug509 wrote:
Off topic,i just read a good joke.

Apparrently there`s a guy up north who is really embarrassed ,he`s name is Colin W@nker and he just found out it`s an annagram of Neil Warnock !.
cute -:))

Hey Tug, I think our match against Huddersfield on Saturday could turn out to be one of our toughest home matches to date. Regardless of what Pearson says we were the masters of Liecester, and out win over them was the result of a great team effort. Whilst I fancy another home win I don't think we will have it all our own way, Huddersfield will pose more of a threat than Leicester did, IMHO.
With Conway now gone back home I think there is a chance that Barnes will fill his spot and Ulloa could start, not sure why I think that, it's just a feeling.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Off topic,i just read a good joke. Apparrently there`s a guy up north who is really embarrassed ,he`s name is Colin W@nker and he just found out it`s an annagram of Neil Warnock !.[/p][/quote]cute -:)) Hey Tug, I think our match against Huddersfield on Saturday could turn out to be one of our toughest home matches to date. Regardless of what Pearson says we were the masters of Liecester, and out win over them was the result of a great team effort. Whilst I fancy another home win I don't think we will have it all our own way, Huddersfield will pose more of a threat than Leicester did, IMHO. With Conway now gone back home I think there is a chance that Barnes will fill his spot and Ulloa could start, not sure why I think that, it's just a feeling. VegasSeagull

2:07pm Thu 19 Dec 13

tug509 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
tug509 wrote:
Off topic,i just read a good joke.

Apparrently there`s a guy up north who is really embarrassed ,he`s name is Colin W@nker and he just found out it`s an annagram of Neil Warnock !.
cute -:))

Hey Tug, I think our match against Huddersfield on Saturday could turn out to be one of our toughest home matches to date. Regardless of what Pearson says we were the masters of Liecester, and out win over them was the result of a great team effort. Whilst I fancy another home win I don't think we will have it all our own way, Huddersfield will pose more of a threat than Leicester did, IMHO.
With Conway now gone back home I think there is a chance that Barnes will fill his spot and Ulloa could start, not sure why I think that, it's just a feeling.
Hi Vegas,your right it will be tough ,i hope Hogg and Vaughan aren`t fit for saturday as they will miss them ,but with Leo being available ,and KLL and WB fit ,i think a 28,500 crowd will be enough to see us win by a similar scoreline as Leicester .I dont think Huddersfeild are as organised as us ,and they are showing a little over confidence ,something we havn`t taken for granted ,with all the injuries we have had this season . Thanks for the Oxford tip ,well worth a look. UTA
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Off topic,i just read a good joke. Apparrently there`s a guy up north who is really embarrassed ,he`s name is Colin W@nker and he just found out it`s an annagram of Neil Warnock !.[/p][/quote]cute -:)) Hey Tug, I think our match against Huddersfield on Saturday could turn out to be one of our toughest home matches to date. Regardless of what Pearson says we were the masters of Liecester, and out win over them was the result of a great team effort. Whilst I fancy another home win I don't think we will have it all our own way, Huddersfield will pose more of a threat than Leicester did, IMHO. With Conway now gone back home I think there is a chance that Barnes will fill his spot and Ulloa could start, not sure why I think that, it's just a feeling.[/p][/quote]Hi Vegas,your right it will be tough ,i hope Hogg and Vaughan aren`t fit for saturday as they will miss them ,but with Leo being available ,and KLL and WB fit ,i think a 28,500 crowd will be enough to see us win by a similar scoreline as Leicester .I dont think Huddersfeild are as organised as us ,and they are showing a little over confidence ,something we havn`t taken for granted ,with all the injuries we have had this season . Thanks for the Oxford tip ,well worth a look. UTA tug509

2:42pm Thu 19 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

Tug, and anyone else, I think the inclusion of Ulloa, should it happen, will actually reduce our options, but I am not complaining.
If Ulloa starts I fail to see how we can drop Barnes, likewise Crofts, so Barnes would keep one of our wide options out. Back five plus Bridders and Ince, added to Ulloa, Barnes and Crofts, only leaves one spot up for grabs, which would go to either Buckley or Kazenga.
We would want Ulloa to start because of the threat he poses, would we also not want our two main goal scorers, of this season, to also start, this is a nice problem to have and it stems from the successful partnership of Bridcutt and Ince, no way should we break that up.
The goals that Barnes has been scoring just might keep Ulloa out even if he is fit, and as unpopular as that might sound, if the goals keep coming that's that really counts. This might not be a problem for Saturday, Ulloa might not be ready but the problem will come, especially if Barnes bangs one in against Huddersfield.
Tug, and anyone else, I think the inclusion of Ulloa, should it happen, will actually reduce our options, but I am not complaining. If Ulloa starts I fail to see how we can drop Barnes, likewise Crofts, so Barnes would keep one of our wide options out. Back five plus Bridders and Ince, added to Ulloa, Barnes and Crofts, only leaves one spot up for grabs, which would go to either Buckley or Kazenga. We would want Ulloa to start because of the threat he poses, would we also not want our two main goal scorers, of this season, to also start, this is a nice problem to have and it stems from the successful partnership of Bridcutt and Ince, no way should we break that up. The goals that Barnes has been scoring just might keep Ulloa out even if he is fit, and as unpopular as that might sound, if the goals keep coming that's that really counts. This might not be a problem for Saturday, Ulloa might not be ready but the problem will come, especially if Barnes bangs one in against Huddersfield. VegasSeagull

3:07pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bikerjimbo says...

He is.
He is. bikerjimbo

3:37pm Thu 19 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

bikerjimbo wrote:
He is.
HE and WHO is what?
[quote][p][bold]bikerjimbo[/bold] wrote: He is.[/p][/quote]HE and WHO is what? VegasSeagull

3:51pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Chi Gull says...

Is there a day goes by without someone asking for a CMS update on here?

Huddersfield's threat will depend on whether Vaughan is playing. He has scored most of their goals but missed their last game. We should win, but nothing is guaranteed in this league.
Is there a day goes by without someone asking for a CMS update on here? Huddersfield's threat will depend on whether Vaughan is playing. He has scored most of their goals but missed their last game. We should win, but nothing is guaranteed in this league. Chi Gull

3:54pm Thu 19 Dec 13

JPsseagulls says...

I believe (using last season as evidence), that Dave links up very well with Orlandi and thus, plays better as a consequence. I don't think that it is a coincidence that Dave has played poorly throughout the season whilst Orlandi has been out injured. I hope that for the team's sake that there is something behind my theory and that both can flourish in the New Year and form the base for another play-off charge as they did last season. Just a thought.....
UTA
I believe (using last season as evidence), that Dave links up very well with Orlandi and thus, plays better as a consequence. I don't think that it is a coincidence that Dave has played poorly throughout the season whilst Orlandi has been out injured. I hope that for the team's sake that there is something behind my theory and that both can flourish in the New Year and form the base for another play-off charge as they did last season. Just a thought..... UTA JPsseagulls

4:13pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bikerjimbo says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
bikerjimbo wrote:
He is.
HE and WHO is what?
Sorry VS. The headline, Lopez I'm still first to be on the spot. I agree that he is. Purely because last season we didn't have a decent penalty taker until he stepped up. Just MHO. Could be in the payoffs after Saturdays game it seems to be getting more like last season now. UTA
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bikerjimbo[/bold] wrote: He is.[/p][/quote]HE and WHO is what?[/p][/quote]Sorry VS. The headline, Lopez I'm still first to be on the spot. I agree that he is. Purely because last season we didn't have a decent penalty taker until he stepped up. Just MHO. Could be in the payoffs after Saturdays game it seems to be getting more like last season now. UTA bikerjimbo

4:26pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Neville says...

Agree generally that Lopez has been consistently poor this season,even his dead ball kicking has not been good.Yes 2 great passes against Leicester but in my opinion not worth a full place at present,sub certainly. If he is on the pitch Lopez should be the penalty taker. Barnes penalties generally are very poor,against Leicester he was fortunate as it went down the middle even though Schmeichel started to move to his right. As back up to Lopez would perhaps like to see Crofts or Calderon take (bit more power).
Agree generally that Lopez has been consistently poor this season,even his dead ball kicking has not been good.Yes 2 great passes against Leicester but in my opinion not worth a full place at present,sub certainly. If he is on the pitch Lopez should be the penalty taker. Barnes penalties generally are very poor,against Leicester he was fortunate as it went down the middle even though Schmeichel started to move to his right. As back up to Lopez would perhaps like to see Crofts or Calderon take (bit more power). Neville

4:51pm Thu 19 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

I think Oscar sees David as part of a game plan rather as an individual, the way we played against Leicester was different and we got our just reward, David played his part in the plan.
How we continue to play at home waits to be seen but if we approach all matches in the way which we approached the Leicester game, then David will continue to have a role. It's fair to say that David has not been consistent, but it's also fair to say that we have never played at home in the manner we did when last there.
For me, I will wait and see how we set up for Huddersfield, what our game plan will be and how those selected carry out the plan before I make up my mind on David. If you recall Poyet told us, during the last third of the season, that he would be prepared to take more of a gamble with his approach, he did, and David had a very good last third of the season. It seems that Oscar has changed things up earlier, (at home,) than Poyet did, perhaps we need to give David a little more time to see if this change continues.
I think Oscar sees David as part of a game plan rather as an individual, the way we played against Leicester was different and we got our just reward, David played his part in the plan. How we continue to play at home waits to be seen but if we approach all matches in the way which we approached the Leicester game, then David will continue to have a role. It's fair to say that David has not been consistent, but it's also fair to say that we have never played at home in the manner we did when last there. For me, I will wait and see how we set up for Huddersfield, what our game plan will be and how those selected carry out the plan before I make up my mind on David. If you recall Poyet told us, during the last third of the season, that he would be prepared to take more of a gamble with his approach, he did, and David had a very good last third of the season. It seems that Oscar has changed things up earlier, (at home,) than Poyet did, perhaps we need to give David a little more time to see if this change continues. VegasSeagull

7:31pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Seagull John says...

mrgull wrote:
Yep,my 1st choice penalty taker too.my concern is who should take his place when he is substituted,with Ulloa coming back will it be him or perhaps someone that is more likely to play the full 90 mins
Er, Ashley Barnes?
[quote][p][bold]mrgull[/bold] wrote: Yep,my 1st choice penalty taker too.my concern is who should take his place when he is substituted,with Ulloa coming back will it be him or perhaps someone that is more likely to play the full 90 mins[/p][/quote]Er, Ashley Barnes? Seagull John

8:26pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Neville wrote:
Agree generally that Lopez has been consistently poor this season,even his dead ball kicking has not been good.Yes 2 great passes against Leicester but in my opinion not worth a full place at present,sub certainly. If he is on the pitch Lopez should be the penalty taker. Barnes penalties generally are very poor,against Leicester he was fortunate as it went down the middle even though Schmeichel started to move to his right. As back up to Lopez would perhaps like to see Crofts or Calderon take (bit more power).
I'm not sure you can really say Barnes's penalties are very poor. I've seen him take some cracking pens (Liverpool for instance was quite unsaveable) and I'm also not sure how his converted pen against Leicester can be considered poor. It went down the middle and even though the keeper managed to get something on it it was too powerful to keep out.

I'd still be happier with Lopez taking them, but i think you do Barnes a slight disservice.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Agree generally that Lopez has been consistently poor this season,even his dead ball kicking has not been good.Yes 2 great passes against Leicester but in my opinion not worth a full place at present,sub certainly. If he is on the pitch Lopez should be the penalty taker. Barnes penalties generally are very poor,against Leicester he was fortunate as it went down the middle even though Schmeichel started to move to his right. As back up to Lopez would perhaps like to see Crofts or Calderon take (bit more power).[/p][/quote]I'm not sure you can really say Barnes's penalties are very poor. I've seen him take some cracking pens (Liverpool for instance was quite unsaveable) and I'm also not sure how his converted pen against Leicester can be considered poor. It went down the middle and even though the keeper managed to get something on it it was too powerful to keep out. I'd still be happier with Lopez taking them, but i think you do Barnes a slight disservice. Ex-pat Arnie

8:58pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Chi Gull says...

Fans have short memories. When Murray and Bennett and Woods kept missing penalties, Barnes was the only penalty taker who nearly always scored. He had a very good record until last season, when he also had other problems. This season he looks confident from the spot again.
Fans have short memories. When Murray and Bennett and Woods kept missing penalties, Barnes was the only penalty taker who nearly always scored. He had a very good record until last season, when he also had other problems. This season he looks confident from the spot again. Chi Gull

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