Scotland On The Spot

Saturday, 1 March 2008, 9:42
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Scotland was the unlucky one on Monday night who saw his penalty saved and the Swans crashing out of the Paint Pot trophy at the area final stage – denying themselves a place at Wembley in the process.  But Scotland, who also scored the only goal of that game ironically from the penalty spot will not let himself get downbeat about it and instead looked forward to grabbing more goals on the road to what seems a certain Swans promotion

"These things happen in football," says Scotland, reflecting on the shoot-out effort which was saved by Willy Gueret.

"I will keep my head up and go again when we play Huddersfield. It's a chance for us to put the other night behind us.

"And if we get a penalty, I will definitely be stepping up.

"The boys know there are no two ways about it. They patted me on the back and said 'unlucky' after MK Dons and now I'll go again.

"Willy couldn't read me on the first penalty," Scotland adds, "but he read me on the second so I have to give him some credit for that.

"It was a similar penalty, but he waited on the line the second time and waited for my move.

"Fair play to him for that, but I won't worry about it.

"I've done pretty well with penalties this season and I'm not the kind of fella who gets flustered.

"I don't panic. I just keep a calm head and try to put the ball in the corner.

"I don't get too stressed about things," Scotland continues.

"Sometimes, as a striker, it plays on my mind if I go a few games without scoring.

"And sometimes on the pitch things do stress me out, but not very often.

"I try to enjoy the game.

"It's not always easy because you are under pressure, but I try to play to my full potential and to enjoy it because football is a game to enjoy."

"I'm up to 20 goals and that's fine by me. It's a good landmark, but Lee Trundle did it for four seasons while he was here and my aim is to do it next year and the year after that."

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