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‘Maybe it’s a Harry thing!’ Arter on he and Kane missing identical penalties at Saints

Date Posted,April 2, 2017

Practice did NOT make perfect for Bournemouth ’s Harry Arter.

Despite being deadly from the penalty spot in training in recent months, he fluffed his lines on the big occasion against ­Southampton.

And he joked boss Eddie Howe might have to go from Arter to Artur – goalkeeper Artur Boruc – next time he needs a penalty-taker after ­becoming the THIRD Cherries player in a row to fail from 12 yards.

The midfielder blew a chance to win Saturday’s goalless South Coast derby when he skied his 76th-minute spot-kick.

Arter said: “I reckon over the last three months I’ve taken about 50 penalties in training and scored near-on every single one.

FAIL ONE! Josh King missed from the spot against West Ham on March 11 (Photo: Getty)
FAIL TWO! Bournemouth did win that day, despite Benik Afobe also messing up a penalty (Photo: Getty)
FAIL THREE! Arter couldn’t convert either — so keeper Artur Boruc may take their next one (Photo: Getty)

“Of course there’s no ­pressure like a game pressure, but I was confident. Never felt I was going to miss.

“I was already celebrating in my head, if I’m being honest.”

Josh King and Benik Afobe both missed penalties against West Ham last month and Arter said: “Who’s taking the next penalty? Artur Boruc. Artur Boruc is next.

“No, seriously, it is down to the manager. At half-time against West Ham he said I was the guy to take the next penalty. So if he wants me to take the next one – that might not really be the case – I’m brave enough and big enough to take it.

“I’m a confident person and have been putting it on the lads that I want to take penalties so there has been a little bit of banter.”

Arter’s ballooned effort was a carbon copy of Harry Kane’s for Tottenham at the same end of St Mary’s in December — the turf clearly moved under the taker’s standing foot in both cases.

Harry Kane misses a penalty
Southampton’s ground staff may have some awkward questions to answer… (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
Harry Kane reacts after missing a penalty
…as Spurs’ Kane suffered the same fate as Arter – in the same penalty area – before Christmas (Photo: Reuters)

“It might be a Harry thing – Harrys aren’t meant to take penalties at St Mary’s, especially at that end,” Arter said. “So next time round, if your name is Harry, don’t take a penalty!”

It was easy to see why ­Southampton are the league’s second-lowest home scorers.

Dusan Tadic, Jay ­Rodriguez and sub Shane Long all missed big chances in the absence of clinical frontman Manolo ­Gabbiadini, who has joined long-term casualty Charlie Austin on the injured list.

Midfielder Oriol Romeu said: “The shape we had when he [Gabbiadini] was playing was very good and his form was just amazing.

“He was very dangerous and you could see defenders from other teams were very aware of him. Of course we will miss him, but I think Shane and Jay did a good job.”

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