Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini is refusing to let his penalty miss against Manchester United faze him, and is enjoying playing at the club which he now describes as ‘home’.
I feel well settled now because I’ve a lot of good and nice people here at the club and they’ve all helped in some way. I am at home now.
Speaking to the Daily Echo after the 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United on Wednesday night, the 25-year-old forward was relaxed about his rued opportunity early on, as he rolled a penalty to the right of Sergio Romero, who palmed it away.
It’s just one of those moments. That happens in football and sometimes you score two or three goals a game, but sometimes you don’t score as many.
So far in my career I’ve never missed a penalty. This was the first one, so I don’t think I need to do any extra work.
Gabbiadini has netted six goals in all competitions for Saints since his arrival at the very end of January, but has suffered a slump in form in recent times, having failed to score since returning from a groin injury he sustained in March against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Italian international will look to end the season with a bang as his Southampton side welcome Stoke City to St Mary’s, with Claude Puel hoping that his men can secure an eighth placed finish in his maiden season.
You only miss a penalty if you step up and take it.