Michel reflects on late FA Cup drama
11 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Michel Vorm was some 85 yards away from Harry Kane when he stepped up to take our late penalty against Leicester City to keep our FA Cup hopes alive, but he says he was always confident the striker would tuck it away.
We were thrown a late lifeline in our third round tie against the Foxes at White Hart Lane on Sunday when Nathan Dyer was penalised for handball in the 89th minute with Leicester 2-1 in front – substitute Harry duly smashing past Kasper Schmeichel to level it up at 2-2 and force a replay next midweek.
Goalkeeper Michel, playing his third game of the season, felt defeat would have been harsh on the lads after an eye-catching first half performance and so when Harry prepared to take the kick he insists he backed the England international to hit the back of the net.
“Obviously I know Harry very well and I’ve got a lot of confidence in him,” said the 32-year-old. “I’ve seen him taking penalties during training sessions all the time so I know if he takes it well it doesn’t matter if the keeper goes to the same corner because you can’t stop it.
“Thankfully he did what he always does and scored so it was a great relief in the end as I think we deserved at least a draw.
“It was a strange game at times. I think we played very well, especially in the first half, but neither team really created much.
“Obviously we went 1-0 up, they scored from a set piece and in the second half we were a bit sloppy, they scored straight after half-time for 2-1 and after that we were just fighting for the 40-plus minutes we had left to try to get at least a draw and take the tie to a replay.”