Griffin Park return holds mixed emotions for Swindon Town's Storey

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Town striker Miles Storey Swindon Town striker Miles Storey

MILES Storey is unsure whether to be nervous or excited as he prepares to return to Griffin Park on Boxing Day.

The teenager was the only Robins player to miss from the spot during their heartbreaking play-off semi-final shootout loss to Brentford in May, with the Bees ultimately losing out on promotion to Yeovil in the final at Wembley.

Storey, who scored Town’s dramatic winner against Coventry on Saturday, admitted the miss from 12 yards haunted him for much of the summer before drifting to the back of his mind as the new season progressed, but as he prepares to return to the scene of the crime he doesn’t know how he’ll feel.

“We all know what happened last year and to be the only player to miss in the shootout was heartbreaking for me,” he said.

“I’m kind of dreading going back there but at the same time I’m kind of looking forward to it too because although I have some bad memories there it can’t really get much worse.

“In the summer I couldn’t get it out of my head and even when I was on holiday and things I was always thinking about what happened, but as the season went on really you start to move on and put it to the back of your mind. It’s always there though.

“It’s still tough to take but the best players miss penalties and if I ever have to take one again I’m going to smash it so the keeper goes in with it as well, no fancy stuff.”

Having spent a spell on loan at Salisbury earlier in the season, Storey is now back at Town and is determined to force his way further into manager Mark Cooper’s plans.

“I spoke to the gaffer a couple of times and he’s been great with me and basically told me he thinks I can do a lot for the team, it’s just a matter of fitting into the gaffer’s style of play like some of the other guys do.

“I need to develop my game a little in that sense and hopefully be a little more involved.

“The gaffer has said we have 25 games left and if we win 15 we’re in the play-offs, then depending on what happens in the other 10 games we could even push for automatic promotion. A lot can happen with the squad we have.”

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9:15am Tue 24 Dec 13

Another view says...

That miss will stand you in good stead, Miles. How we react to mistakes determines how we develop. Your goal on Saturday will stay a lot longer in my memory than the penalty at Brentford.
That miss will stand you in good stead, Miles. How we react to mistakes determines how we develop. Your goal on Saturday will stay a lot longer in my memory than the penalty at Brentford. Another view

10:12am Tue 24 Dec 13

stanharlands6shirt says...

Another view wrote:
That miss will stand you in good stead, Miles. How we react to mistakes determines how we develop. Your goal on Saturday will stay a lot longer in my memory than the penalty at Brentford.
Absolutely spot on An View.
Psychology is a massive part of modern sport, and it's not surprising that the penalty has played on Miles's mind, but the biggest boost to banishing any demon's is to get out on the pitch and make the opposition pay through your efforts.

Mr Cooper will of course have his plans and tactic's for Brentford, but I hope somewhere in there is a place for Miles. And if there's a penalty and Miles is on the pitch ???? Go on, why not let him take it..and WHEN he scores it the play-offs will never haunt him again.

If you are involved Miles have a great game..your season might just be starting.
[quote][p][bold]Another view[/bold] wrote: That miss will stand you in good stead, Miles. How we react to mistakes determines how we develop. Your goal on Saturday will stay a lot longer in my memory than the penalty at Brentford.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on An View. Psychology is a massive part of modern sport, and it's not surprising that the penalty has played on Miles's mind, but the biggest boost to banishing any demon's is to get out on the pitch and make the opposition pay through your efforts. Mr Cooper will of course have his plans and tactic's for Brentford, but I hope somewhere in there is a place for Miles. And if there's a penalty and Miles is on the pitch ???? Go on, why not let him take it..and WHEN he scores it the play-offs will never haunt him again. If you are involved Miles have a great game..your season might just be starting. stanharlands6shirt

3:22pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Rebel_phish says...

Merry Christmas to everyone.

I emailed Sam yesterday with the details of the Predictions League Boxing Day match. Unfortunately he has not put up a separate page for people to post.

I have put the questions on the last page used ie the Coventry game, so please post your entries there.

Link

http://www.thisisswi
ndontownfc.co.uk/new
s/10884669.PREDICTIO
NS_LEAGUE__Swindon_T
own_v_Coventry_City/
Merry Christmas to everyone. I emailed Sam yesterday with the details of the Predictions League Boxing Day match. Unfortunately he has not put up a separate page for people to post. I have put the questions on the last page used ie the Coventry game, so please post your entries there. Link http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/new s/10884669.PREDICTIO NS_LEAGUE__Swindon_T own_v_Coventry_City/ Rebel_phish

3:47pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Oi Den! says...

There's far too much angst over missed penalties in shoot-outs. Somebody's got to miss. In fact the whole purpose of them is for somebody to miss. They're a necessary evil - nothing to do with the match and not all that much better than tossing a coin as a way of deciding a game that neither side's deserved to win or lose. Brentford couldn't beat us and we couldn't beat them. Storey happened to be the one to miss. It will be someone else next time. Que sera sera.
There's far too much angst over missed penalties in shoot-outs. Somebody's got to miss. In fact the whole purpose of them is for somebody to miss. They're a necessary evil - nothing to do with the match and not all that much better than tossing a coin as a way of deciding a game that neither side's deserved to win or lose. Brentford couldn't beat us and we couldn't beat them. Storey happened to be the one to miss. It will be someone else next time. Que sera sera. Oi Den!

8:08am Wed 25 Dec 13

old town robin says...

To be honest, it was not so much Miles missed the penalty, as others have said someone has too. I was most disappointed in the way he took it. You have to be a very cool guy, not to take a run up. Hope he has learned from it and next time he takes one he takes a 10 yard run up and just belts it.

reading on the other forum possible reasons why Macca never stepped up to the plate, makes sense, but will never be proved. only he knows why he let us down at the time his experience was needed.
To be honest, it was not so much Miles missed the penalty, as others have said someone has too. I was most disappointed in the way he took it. You have to be a very cool guy, not to take a run up. Hope he has learned from it and next time he takes one he takes a 10 yard run up and just belts it. reading on the other forum possible reasons why Macca never stepped up to the plate, makes sense, but will never be proved. only he knows why he let us down at the time his experience was needed. old town robin

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