How mind games paid off for penalty hero Logan

Glory boys: Delighted Millers  players celebrate the dramatic victory at Bradford led by Alex Revell and penalty save hero Conrad Logan   PHOTOGRAPH: PAUL WICKSON
Glory boys: Delighted Millers players celebrate the dramatic victory at Bradford led by Alex Revell and penalty save hero Conrad Logan PHOTOGRAPH: PAUL WICKSON
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IT really is a game that Rotherham United’s Conrad Logan won’t forget. After all, it was a definite matchwinning moment when he made that penalty save from the last kick of the game to ensure a win for the Millers at Bradford City.

The Millers keeper, whose place had been under threat in the days leading up to the game, revealed that he tried to “psyche” out the Bradford penalty taker Mike Flynn who had struck a spot kick past him just a couple of minutes earlier.

Cartoonist Blist's view.

Cartoonist Blist's view.

“I wanted to put pressure on him because here he was in a rather different situation,” said Logan.

“He had just taken a penalty to pull them back to 3-2 but this one was to save his side from defeat. And it’s in front of his home fans too.

“So, I wanted to add to that pressure and tried to psyche him out a bit.

“The first one he’d struck down the middle. I’d a good idea he might change next time and I mentioned to him not to go back down the middle again - just trying to psyche him out. It’s a bit of mind games.

“I had an idea what he might do and I do have my own little ways, my own techniques but I won’t be saying what they are.

“I saved three or four when I was at Bristol Rovers last season and I backed myself here although it’s a lottery really because penalties can go anywhere.

“To be fair there’s no pressure on a goalkeeper, they’ve nothing to lose. I wouldn’t like to be standing there 12 yards away trying to score in the last minute - I’d rather be in goal trying to save it.”

Save it Logan did as Flynn changed his method and went for placement and the ‘keeper went to his left to make what was, in truth, a quite comfortable save.

“It felt great really, particularly knowing that when I cleared the ball downfield the whistle was going to go,” he said. “There’s no better feeling, it’s a fairytale really. You don’t forget something like that.”

It represented the upside for Logan who received criticism for errors in the previous two away games that cost goals at Northampton (when he was ‘credited’ with an own goal) and at Barrow in the FA Cup.

There had been talk of him possibly losing his place but manager Andy Scott stuck with him after seeing his attitude and work ethic in training.

“I didn’t think about being left out,” said the 25-year-old who is on loan from Leicester.

“I come in, work and train hard and felt good and sharp going into the game.

“For sure, I can’t be wondering whether I’m going to play or not, that’s up to the manager to make a decision. At the end I was just delighted we got the win.”