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Young refusing to shirk spot-kick responsibilities
Ashley Young happy to remain man on the spot.
10th Mar 2011
Young refusing to shirk spot-kick responsibilities


By Paul Brown

Ashley Young insists he won't shirk his spot-kick responsibilities despite missing against Bolton - although he admits Darren Bent could step forward for the next penalty.

Young says he has the "strong character" to bounce back from his penalty pain against the Trotters.

The second striker will step forward - unless he's persuaded otherwise by Villa's record signing.

He said: "People may talk about the delay before I took it or their goalkeeper encouraging me to hit it to his right but I wasn't even aware he was doing that. I was totally focused on the penalty.

"The last few I have taken I haven't even looked at the goalkeeper before hitting it. It's been head-down.

"With this one, I stepped up and just hit it the way that I have done with the others I have scored previously.

"It was one of those things. I haven't seen it back. I don't know if it was a poor penalty or he made a good save. I have missed it and I will get over it and focus now.

"I am a strong character. I won't dwell on the penalty miss. I have scored penalties and I have missed some too - and I have always bounced back from them.

"I won't let it get me down and it won't stop me taking another. I definitely will take another.

"I am sure Benty will have his say on the next one. We will have to wait and see.

"Let's see how kind I'm feeling when the next one comes along. I'll see if I let him take it or not."

Young says he will bounce back from the penalty - and he backed the team to come roaring back following the defeat.

The star performer admits there was shock as the players walked off the pitch after the 3-2 defeat because of the amount of chances they created in the game.

He added: "It was incredible to think we lost that game. There was deep disappointment from everyone involved.

"We created so many chances and on another occasion we would have scored four or five goals. But it wasn't to be.

"We were just so frustrated walking off the pitch having lost the game. I was obviously even more frustrated, having missed the penalty when we were two-one up.

"If I had scored, it would have been a totally different game and at two goals ahead we would have been cruising. But it wasn't to be.

"We created chances after it too before they got those two killer goals. We just need to pick ourselves up now and take it into the next game.

"The team will bounce back from the defeat. We have some big personalities and real character in the dressing room. We have bounced back before and we will do it again.

"We have the strength, character and attitude to come roaring back. I thought there were plenty of positives to take from the game. We need to take those into the Wolves match."

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