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"Matt is our recognised penalty taker"

2 April 2013

GT backs captain for spot kicks

Graham Turner believes captain Matt Richards was perfectly entitled to take the penalty he missed in the 3-0 Easter Monday victory over Crawley.
A number of supporters made it clear they wanted hat-trick man Tom Eaves, who had scored twice at the time, to step up and take the spot kick to try and complete his treble.
But the manager said that Richards is the club's recognised penalty taker and that he had every right to step forward to take it.
"Matt has been a very good penalty taker for us and I had no problems with Matt getting hold of the ball," he said.
"He's skipper, he's got hold of it and used his authority to take the penalty which he's got every right to do on his record.
"The disappointment then obviously is he's put himself under pressure and he's put one over the bar, but generally his penalty taking has been good and I wouldn't fall out with him for taking control of the situation.
"We would have probably gone and had a moan at him if he had allowed somebody else to take it and they'd have missed because he's the recognised penalty taker so I've got no problems with that."
Meanwhile, GT added he was pleased to see winger Mark Wright make his return from a knee injury as a late substitute against Crawley.
Wright had not played since suffering the injury at Crawley, ironically, on December 8.
He now hopes that defender Jermaine Grandison, absent since the game at Swindon on January 19 owing to a hip complaint, might be available to be included in the squad for Saturday's trip to Yeovil.
"It's been a long wait for Mark and it's nice to see him back," he said. "What we hope is that Jermaine Grandison will now be available.
"He will work hard through this week and we'll see how he is. If there's no reaction he could certainly be in the squad to go down there."

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