Nerves before Lee slotted home penalty

ALAN Lee admitted to quite a few nerves before taking the penalty that helped Ipswich to their 3-1 win over Leicester City last night.Lee missed from the spot at Charlton on Saturday but was determined to get it right against the Foxes with the game delicately poised at 1-1.

By Derek Davis

ALAN Lee admitted to quite a few nerves before taking the penalty that helped Ipswich to their 3-1 win over Leicester City last night.

Lee missed from the spot at Charlton on Saturday but was determined to get it right against the Foxes with the game delicately poised at 1-1.

Lee said: “I was a bit nervous before taking it. You always have a few nerves but there was extra pressure on me after missing on Saturday so I was delighted to see it go in.

“I changed my mind at the last minute, which is not normally advisable, but it went in.”

The Irish striker had the extra burden of a long wait while referee Phil Joslin dealt with the arguments and dismissed Patrick Kisnorbo, but he felt it was the correct decision.

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“There is usually a wait, especially if someone is sent off, but you just have to gather your thoughts and not get involved in any deliberations that are going on.

“My instinct was that it was a penalty. He certainty took Pablo's legs.”

While the result was spot on, Lee admitted it was not vintage Ipswich display.

He said: “It wasn't our best of perfomances. Our final ball let us down at times but we kept it well and the defence looked solid.

“Overall it was a professional performance. We looked the most threatening as we should do at home, but that penalty helped us.”

Lee praised man of the match Danny Haynes and tipped him for a bright future.

He said: “If Danny gets it right he can be an amazing player.

“He has fantastic speed and is a very good finisher. Sometimes it doesn't come off but on his day people can't live with him.”

The Blues now have three strikers on nine goals after Pablo Counago and Jon Walters also found the net last night.

City boss Ian Holloway was angry at the penalty decision which had a big impact on the game.

He said: “I thought it at the time and I have had it confirmed it was not a penalty.

“He was not the last man either so he should not have been sent off.

“The referee didn't give it but he was overruled by his assistant. It is like me picking a team and my assistant overruling me and changing the team selection. It is a bitter pill to take.”

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