KEVIN O'Connor insists he had no doubts whatsoever about taking the penalty which yesterday gave Brentford the upper hand in their play-off against Swindon.
Only seven days previously, O'Connor had tried to take the last-gasp spot kick in their winner-takes-all promotion clash with Doncaster which would have put his side into the Championship.
In the event, after an unseemly tussle for the ball, Marcello Trotta took it and missed, before Donny broke away and scored to send themselves up and consign Brentford to the play-offs.
The Bees were trailing 1-0 going into injury time at Swindon yesterday when Brentford and O'Connor were handed the chance for redemption, and he made no mistake from the spot.
He said: “I had no doubts about taking it at all. As soon as the whistle went I was ready for it and confident I would score. I felt very calm.
“I suppose it was a chance to help put things right, but there was no monkey to get off our backs as we had put what happened last week firmly behind us already.
“We even had a laugh about it, with Clayton (Donaldson) grabbing the ball and pretending he was going to take it before smiling and handing it over.”
The Bees now go into tomorrow's second leg at Griffin Park with the initiative, but O'Connor admits they will have to put in a much better performance than at the County Ground if they are to make it to Wembley.
He said: “We were poor, there's no two ways about it, but we know what we have to do back at our place now. We have to play our football right and play to our strengths rather than theirs. I wouldn't say it was a hangover from last weekend, it was more to do with the way Swindon set themselves up and played.”
However, with Tony Craig back from suspension for the second leg, O'Connor, who has been playing as an emergency centre-back, may miss out, unless moved back to his more familiar midfield role.
He added: “Tony has been brilliant for us this season, so although I feel I have done all right filling in there, it wouldn't be harsh if he came back in there. Maybe I will still be in the gaffer's plans, we will have to wait and see.”