Benson: No more penalties for me!

USUALLY so clinical inside the box, there weren t many in the ground who didn t back Paul Benson beating Bradford keeper Simon Eastwood from 12-yards on Saturday.

by MIKE SIMMONDS

USUALLY so clinical inside the box, there weren't many in the ground who didn't back Paul Benson beating Bradford keeper Simon Eastwood from 12-yards on Saturday.

After exchanging pleasantries with Michael Flynn, Benson proceeded to shank the ball horribly over the bar and into the baying Bradford fans behind the goal.

Daggers' leading scorer isn't known for his penalty-taking prowess, and admitted afterwards, he won't be taking one again anytime soon.


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"I'm useless at penalties, I don't even know why I stepped up to take it," said a refreshingly honest Benson, who was successful with his last effort, against Mansfield Town on May 3, 2008.

"It wasn't my best effort and needless to say, I won't be taking another one.

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"'Flynny' was saying a few words to me, giving me a bit of encouragement, which I enjoyed.

"All the best players in the world miss penalties, so I'm another one who can put my name down to that."

The penalty miss was the only down point of another excellent performance by Benson and his team-mates and the striker was delighted to end his goal-scoring drought, that had stretched to more than seven hours.

"It's been a while since I last scored, so I needed that to get back on the goal trail," admitted the forward.

"I know I can joke about the penalty, but it knocked us a bit, and to come back from that, I thought we did really well.

"Luckily for me, Abu got me out of jail with a goal before the end as if we had gone in at 1-1, I'd have been devastated, so I'll be buying him a drink!"

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