Penalty king Matt Le Tissier misses two spot-kicks in same game for first time in his life in charity match

PENALTY kick specialist Matt Le Tissier has missed TWO penalties in the same game for the first time in his life.

The 52-year-old lost his hot-dog reputation from 12 yards to a burger van man in a Dorset village charity match in Gillingham.

And the Southampton legend, who holds the Premier League record of netting 23 spot-kicks in a row, didn’t even get a free burger afterwards from the goalkeeper who is an avid Saints fan! 

Le Tissier missed just ONE of his 47 penalties during his 16-year career with the Saints where he scored 209 goals in 540 games.

Liverpool’s Mo Salah moved to within nine of Le Tissier’s 21-year record when he notched his 14th successive Premier League penalty in last week's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

But days before Salah hit the headlines Le Tissier, nicknamed Le God by worshipping Saints fans, suffered his worst nightmare.

The former England midfielder revealed: “I can’t believe I missed two penalties in the same game-and that’s a first for sure.

“You will never guess we went to this little village where David Hughes came from for a charity match to help raise money for some floodlights.


“The opposition goalkeeper came up to me before the game and said: 'Matt, I’m a massive Saints fan and that’s my burger fan over there and would you do me a favour and have a picture in front of it afterwards.'

“I said to him: ‘No problem mate, that’s fine’ and 15 to 20 minutes into the game we are given a penalty.

“I’m thinking he’s a big Saints fan so don’t take the p*** so I didn’t hit it as hard as I would normally do and he went the right way and saved it.

“Then about five minutes later we get a free-kick from around 25 yards out and I thought: ‘I’m not going to give him a chance here’ and I whipped it around the corner and straight in.

“Then we get another penalty in the second half and I step up and try to do a silly run-up, dinked it and he tipped it over the bar.

“The lad was very chuffed and he got his picture of me after the game. But I was gutted, the van was shut and I didn’t get a burger.”

Le Tissier’s only spot-kick blunder arrived during the inaugural Premier League season in March 1993 when he missed one against Nottingham Forest at The Dell.

The player recalls with a smile: “Mark Crossley is still dining out on that save-I couldn’t wish for a nicer lad to save my penalty!”

Guernsey’s greatest football son is deeply proud of his spot-kick heroics-and is very much opposed to all the silly stuff that goes on nowadays by many a penalty taker in their run-ups.

Le Tissier observed: “I like the way Mo Salah takes his time with his penalties. I’m not a fan of these silly run-ups even though I tried it in that charity game just for fun.

“Salah is very positive and is firm with his penalties and 14 in a row is a very good achievement.

“I am incredibly proud of my record of taking 48 penalties but even now all people ever want to talk about is the one I missed!”

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