Things looked to be going to plan for the team and Radek personally, 2-0 up after dominating the first hour and in freezing conditions, Radek’s handling was first class.
But all that changed in the 69th minute when Radek opted to catch a tricky high cross that was heading in at the far post. He dropped the ball under pressure from David Strihavka and the striker tapped in for 2-1. That’s how the scoreline stayed and we’ll take that lead into the second leg at the Lane on Thursday.
“It was a high cross, I thought everything was alright but didn’t see the striker coming close to me then I dropped the ball,” reflected Radek. “Afterwards I felt very bad, especially as it was in my home town.
“Every player makes a mistake but I go home, play my old club and make a mistake - so I’m disappointed. It happens in football, sometimes it’s like this. Still, we won the game and that’s the most important thing.
“In the first half we had good combination play from back to front, scored two goals and played great football but in the second half I made the mistake and Slavia played a little differently, switched to 4-4-2 and we couldn’t pass it like we did in the first half.
“We won but we weren’t happy about the result because we could have scored more goals. Now we have to concentrate 100 per cent on the return leg. Slavia continue their league programme this weekend and we have to be ready.”
Radek Cerny was keen to look at the bigger picture rather than wallow in any self pity after his mistake against Slavia Prague in the UEFA Cup on Thursday.The Czech keeper was back at the club he’d spent all his career with before switching to Spurs in January, 2005, and received a rousing reception from the Slavia fans before the Round of 32 first leg encounter.