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JAMES SHEA DELIGHTED WITH PENALTY SAVE

3 September 2018

Town keeper James Shea made amends for his error in the Shrewsbury Town game by pulling off a fantastic penalty save in the 1-1 draw against Wycombe on Saturday – inspiring the Hatters to push on and pick up a point.

The ex-Wimbledon man conceded one of the more peculiar goals you're ever likely to see, after putting the ball on the ground for what he thought was a free-kick, only for Shrews striker Lee Angol to snatch it and fire it into the back of the net.

He did however deny Joe Jacobson at the weekend with a brilliant penalty save, which kept the Hatters in the game and created a platform for them to go on to get a draw.

He said: "Everyone's had a bit of banter about it [the error in the Shrewsbury game], it helps that we won the game because I wouldn't have wanted to go back in that dressing room if we would have lost the game!

"I had the ball in my hands, I wanted to play, and I saw the ref with his arm in the air and normally when he has his arm in the air, that means it is a free-kick.

"If you look back at it, something similar happens five or ten minutes later and he actually plays the advantage, where he had his two arms out, which signals advantage. If he'd have done that, I would have seen he was playing advantage and I'd have played on, but where he had his arm in the air, I thought I had to put the ball down and then play, I was wrong."

Having conceded a penalty earlier on in the match at Adams Park, Shea guessed the right way to thwart Jacobson's second spot-kick, with the stopper obviously pleased to have made the save.

He continued: "It's about time I saved one! I've had a few go past me this year and last year, so it was nice to finally save one and then go and get the equaliser.

"I just had a feeling he was going to go the same way. Just before the penalty I walked up to Sonny and said I'm just going to go the same way and thankfully it was the right way. He was there a long time thinking about what way he was going to go, I just guessed the right way and thankfully I've saved it."

Ever since Shea and fellow keeper Marek Stech joined Luton in the Summer of 2017, the two have been fighting it out for a starting spot. Both keepers are proven at this level and the competition of the full-time number one spot is something that Shea enjoys.

He added: "I hope to have a good run in the team now, that's my aim, I want to play just like Stechy does. Stechy was absolutely brilliant last season, but we both want to play.

"We're both fighting, we're both pushing each other and thankfully I'm playing at the moment and I've just got to keep playing well to keep my shirt because I know if I don't play well, then he's going to be breathing down my neck.

"I love competition, I remember a few years ago when I was at Wimbledon, I probably didn't have the competition, so I slacked down a little bit but now I've got competition, I think it's the best thing. It's not just the goalkeeping area though, it's all over the pitch."


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