Date: 3rd October 2007 at 8:54am
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Sulley Muntari has told the Pompey Site how nothing was pre-arranged for him to take the penalty against Reading last weekend, he just wanted it so he took it – and how he did!

After such a penalty – when the smashed it into the roof of the net – you would expect him to be the first to step up next time, but he is happy to share the penalty duties round: ‘I just got the ball and decided to take it to take it. I’m just glad it went in.

‘Every game is different so if someone else wants to take a penalty next time, then I will not stand in their way. We’re a team and everyone is capable of scoring’.

I think his thoughts basically sum up the togetherness of this squad now – we have so many talented individuals but they play for each other, not themselves.

I know that Harry Redknapp had said that he had wanted Muntari to take the penalty against Liverpool, the one which Kanu took and missed, so when we were awarded this kick he was the man I expected, but to be honest I was not sure I wanted him to, but if he keeps taking them like that long may it continue.

After Niko Kranjcar’s fantastic run initially I wanted him to take it, as I felt he had earned it – plus he had taken a fantastic penalty against Liverpool in the Barclays Asia Cup Final to win us that cup.

It also looked as though he wanted it too, but then it became apparent he was looking to get approval for David Nugent to be given it, something that the fans were very vocal on, with the shouts of ‘Nugent, Nugent, Nugent’, so he was then the man I hoped would take it, but had this fear knowing his luck he would miss! Either way Muntari grabbed the ball and ripped the ball into the back of the net, which was the most important thing.

When he is on the field Matty Taylor would always be the man I would want taking the spot kicks, but if he is not then almost anyone bar Kanu would fill me with confidence.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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