Owls fans’ memories of Kevin Pressman’s penalty scoring prowess were sparked last night by West Ham’s FA Cup drama.
Hammers stopper Adrian was the hero, scoring the decisive penalty to send Sam Allardyce’s men into the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of Everton, this after Toffees keeper Joel Robles had crashed his kick off the crossbar.
Robles should have been watching Pressman for guidance.
Back in January 14 1998, Ron Atkinson’s Owls, then in the top flight, laboured over their FA Cup replay with Watford having drawn 1-1 at Vicarage Road. The game at Hillsborough was a bore and so it went to spot kicks where Pressman, as he often did, proved to be the hero.
Only this time it wasn’t just the saves, but the keeper’s striking ability that fired Wednesdy into a tie with Blackburn.
Pressman saved Watford’s second penalty, from Micah Hyde, which proved to be the only miss.
Then to make it 5-3 the keeper stepped up and if you watch the video footage, Atkinson appears to ask his backroom staff if his number one had taken a penalty before!
Big Ron need not have worried as to seal the win, Pressman fired home a sensational drive - struck like he was hitting a goal kick!
Wednesday would go on to lose their next round match against Blackburn, 3-0.