Harry Arter has taken the blame for his awful penalty miss yesterday, but has suggested that Southampton “have a little look” at the penalty spot at St. Mary’s.
The Bournemouth midfielder – who missed both of Ireland’s recent international fixtures through injury – returned to the Cherries’ side for their 0-0 draw against the Saints yesterday.
Arter had the chance to claim three points with his late penalty, but the 26 year old slipped during his run up and skewed the ball wildly over the bar.
Harry Kane produced a similar penalty at the same ground earlier this season, which Arter alluded to afterwards.
“I feel if I score, then we would have got three points,” Arter said afterwards.
“I didn’t intentionally miss of course. As disappointing as it is, that’s part and parcel of football, I’ve just got to get on with it. It’s my fault.
“I think one of the lads said Harry Kane did the same thing this season in the exact same spot, maybe they need to have a little look at it.
“It’s disappointing but we move on.”
It was Arter’s first penalty since 2012, and his miss means that Bournemouth have now missed their last three Premier League spot kicks.
“I don’t know where we go next with our penalty taker,” Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said.
“We’ll have to think about it and see.
“It’s obvious he slipped, it’s one of those things. No one goes there to miss. I have to respect that people put themselves up for it, because it’s a difficult role.
“Josh King would have taken it: he goes off, you get the penalty, and Harry takes it. You would ideally think a player shouldn’t slip taking a penalty but it’s a high-pressure situation and these things happen.
“More pleasing is the fact we’re creating those opportunities.”