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David on the spot for Albion
GUS Poyet will ask David Lopez to end Albion's penalty horrors – if he is on the pitch.
The manager has axed Ashley Barnes from the role following his second failure out of two this season in the 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers at The Amex.
Poyet will now look to Lopez, fellow Spaniard Vicente once he returns from injury or Stephen Dobbie – like Lopez an unused substitute against Bolton – who scored from the spot recently at Wolves.
The players have been left to decide the penalty taker between themselves so far but Poyet could make the decision, depending who is on the pitch, after Barnes was denied early on by Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan both from the spot and the rebound.
Poyet was so disgusted by the third penalty save out of six suffered by the Seagulls this season that he briefly disappeared down the tunnel before returning to see Bruno strike his first league goal for nine years in the second half, only for David Ngog to snatch an equaliser deep into stoppage time for Wanderers.
Poyet told The Argus: “I feel sorry for the next one. Who is going to take the next one? Ashley Barnes is not taking any more. That you can write down. That is my decision.
“David Lopez is excellent at taking penalties but he wasn't on the pitch. The one Dobbs took he scored.
“I don't think it would be fair to a player sitting on the bench if his first touch after coming on was a penalty but maybe the rules can be changed in the future so they can be put on and taken off, like in American football, to take a penalty.
“If it was David Lopez I would (make the decision), if it was Vicente on the pitch I would, because I know the quality they have got to do it. But if you ask me who is the best penalty taker at the club who was on the pitch I don't know.”
Paying The Penalty Ashley Barnes v Leicester: Saved Craig Mackail-Smith v Watford: Scored Craig Mackail-Smith v Leeds: One scored, one saved Stephen Dobbie v Wolves: Scored Ashley Barnes v Bolton: Saved