Davies: I’ll put my hand up again

Craig Davies misses from the spot
Craig Davies misses from the spot

CRAIG Davies insists he’d be the first to volunteer for Wigan Athletic’s next penalty despite his shoot-out heartache at the weekend.

The ex-Wales international, along with team-mate David Perkins, missed from the spot as Latics crashed out of the JPT to Barnsley at the northern area semi-final stage.

If there was another penalty shoot-out in the play-offs, I’d be the first to step up and take another one

Craig Davies

As a recognised penalty-taker – and having already scored a crucial spot-kick this season in the 3-2 victory at Chesterfield – Davies fancied his chances against his former club, only to see his shot clear the bar.

But the experience has not broken him, and he says he’d readily put his hand up again if required.

“Better players than me and Perks have missed penalties,” he told the Evening Post.

“If there was another penalty shoot-out in the play-offs, I’d be the first to step up and take another one.

“I thought to myself: I’m going to put it down the middle, with as much power as I can.

“It didn’t actually go that far over the bar, but there was so much power in it that it kept rising.

“I was so disappointed, because we’d been practicing penalties the day before the game, and I’d not missed a single one of my kicks.

“These things happen, I’ve missed penalties before, I’ve scored plenty of penalties, and I’d step up again without a second thought.”

Having come off the substitutes’ bench to replace Alex Revell on the hour mark, Davies had made a real difference during his half-hour on the pitch.

He laid on Wigan’s second equaliser for Will Grigg with a lovely run and cross with eight minutes to go.

And he could even have been the hero with a stoppage-time winner, only for Yanic Wildschut to fail to find him with a routine cross and no defender in the vicinity.

“I was thinking to myself: Last minute, against my old club, this is going to drop for me, I’m going to put them out,” Davies added.

“It was just one of those things. The ball’s ended up going a couple of yards behind me. It wasn’t meant to be, and we just have to get on with it.”