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MIDO'S PENALTY POINT

Posted on 21 December 2006  - 12:00

Mido admitted that the prospect of a penalty shoot-out was creeping into his mind as the minutes ticked away against Southend United on Wednesday night.

Mido admitted that the prospect of a penalty shoot-out was creeping into his mind as the minutes ticked away against Southend United on Wednesday night.There were only five or six minutes of extra time remaining when Mido's low cross from the left was dispatched into the net by Jermain Defoe and a spot kick lottery was avoided.

"Yes I was thinking about it!" said the striker who also conceded that Southend were a tough nut to crack on a freezing cold night at the Lane. "It was on my mind and thankfully it didn't come to that.

"It was a tough game and credit to Southend because they did very well and are a good team. In these kind of games if you don't score an early goal it becomes more and more difficult and the other team becomes more confident.

"We were a bit unlucky in the first half with my shot hitting the bar - which could have been a nice goal - then Danny went close with a good header and another header from Jermain.

"We created chances, although we didn't play to our best. In the end we changed formation, I went to the left and I think it was a good assist from me to Jermain winning the game."

Mido now hopes the team can build on a first Premiership away win of the season last week when we head to the North East to take on Newcastle on Saturday.

"Newcastle are a good team with quality players and I hope we can do that same as we did at Manchester City."