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”You wouldn’t think I practice them because I’m usually not very good - to save two penalties… Great feeling.” - City's Reice Charles-Cook

24 January 2017

The stopper ends an unwanted personal record as the Sky Blues advance in the EFL Trophy...

Reice Charles-Cook was the match winner for the Sky Blues, as he saved two penalties to ensure City advanced to the final four of the Checkatrade Trophy.

With the two sides inseparable after 90 minutes, Ruben Lameiras hit the winning spot-kick after the ‘keeper denied both Ryan Blair and Botti Biabi in the shootout.

The 22-year old admitted it was a relief to earn progression having been behind during normal time. He said: “Everyone is buzzing inside, we’re taking this competition seriously and we want to reward the fans with a day to remember at Wembley.

“I can’t explain the feeling inside, I’m just buzzing. We had to remain calm and keep going after being behind initially. I thought when they scored we upped the tempo a lot more and were the better side.

“The character of the boys was a lot better today and we need to carry that into league games now.” 

Charles-Cook has tasted defeat in two previous penalty shootouts for the Sky Blues, against Rochdale and Yeovil - so even surprised himself as his teammates held their nerve to claim a semi-final berth.

“I’m actually surprised we won a penalty shootout," Reice added. "I’ve had two already and I haven’t saved one, so it’s fantastic for the confidence and there is no better feeling.

“The lads must practice penalties because they were very good today. They practice everyday after training and you can see that today, there is no better feeling than winning it in these circumstances.”

”You wouldn’t think I practice them because I’m usually not very good! You can’t really tell, but today was a different day and to save two penalties… Great feeling.”

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