Record maker Adrian psyches out Austin

AdrianAdrian’s third successive record setting Premier League penalty save against Queens Park Rangers was a quite brilliant achievement at Loftus Road and once the stopper may have psyched out the spot kick taker.

The Spaniard – speaking to the official site – said: “I don’t know if I put Austin off by having a word beforehand, but I try to make the striker nervous.”

He of course did exactly the same to David Nugent before stopping his effort at Leicester City in the defeat suffered at the hands of Leicester City.

Adrian said: “I study the penalties, because it is my job. I am a goalkeeper and I try to save all the shots.

“The penalty is one shot you can study because the best striker shoots on his strong side most often. This time Austin shot to my right side and I saved it.

“Every time I have the positive mentality to save the penalty and this time it’s good because I saved it.

“I don’t know if I put Austin off by having a word beforehand, but I try to make the striker nervous because if they are happy and relaxed to score the penalty, it’s easy for them.

“In that scenario the goal is big, and I try to say some words to make them nervous – on this occasion it worked for me.”

Adrian also commented on the impressive performance by Academy product 18-year-old debutant Reece Burke.

He said: “Reece was not nervous – he was happy because all his teammates were congratulating him after the game because he played well against a couple of good strikers in Zamora and Austin.

“I was saying that he needs to concentrate for the 90 minutes and have confidence in himself. He’s a good central defender and he just needs to concentrate on his position. The more experienced players tried to keep him calm.

“It’s a good experience for him and he’ll try to keep going from here.”


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2 comments on “Record maker Adrian psyches out Austin

  1. Adrien ticks the box every time and should be kept at this club for the next 10 years,
    He will only get better with age as most goalkeepers do,
    Just think if we try and win instead of going for a 0-0 how good he will look,
    Kept on subject 2 for 2

  2. Top top keeper, results are masking just how good he is.
    been quite a while since we had a top keeper, Green was good but not in same league.
    might look a little odd with his movements at times but doesn’t take away his quailty.

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