IT MAY seem unsurprising considering he is a German, but Uwe Rosler insists he had Brentford's penalties planned to perfection last night.
The Bees went into their play-off semi-final shoot-out against Swindon Town with three of what would be considered nailed-on penalty takers – Harry Forrester, Kevin O'Connor and Marcello Trotta – off the pitch.
But Bees boss Rosler insists he expected nothing less than Sam Saunders, Paul Hayes, Harlee Dean, Tony Craig and Adam Forshaw all stepping up and netting as his side went through 5-4 on spot kicks.
He said: “Throughout the season we have been missing penalties and looked edgy when we take them, so to win on penalties was psychologically important for me and a great learning curve for them.
“We practised them in training the week before and all last week, but we also practised different scenarios, like who was most likely to still be on the pitch after 120 minutes.
“So I already had in my mind who would be taking them, but I also asked the players before the shoot-out, and all those who took a penalty wanted to take one – not one person hid.”