Whittingham mulling over spot-kick change

Scott Allan is in contention to take on Pompey's spot-kick responsibilities
Scott Allan is in contention to take on Pompey's spot-kick responsibilities

Guy Whittingham has admitted the identity of Pompey’s next penalty-taker has this week been debated.

However, the Blues’ caretaker boss remains tight-lipped over whether Izale McLeod will retain duties following his second miss from the spot in four attempts in the goalless draw with Preston.

Scott Allan is heading the list of potential replacements if Whittingham opts to ask his leading scorer to step aside.

Several players have already volunteered their services, although Brian Howard has been discounted after also missing two penalties this season.

Effectively, four wasted spot-kicks out of six awarded have cost the Blues five points.

And Whittingham has been contemplating whether to retain McLeod.

He said: ‘Whether Izale will do it remains confidential, for lots of reasons really.

‘He wouldn’t shirk the responsibility. We know he’s missed a couple and will just have to wait and see.

‘You expect people to score penalties. You look at Arsenal the other night, who would have thought they would have gone out to Bradford in a penalty shootout? But it happens.

‘Unfortunately for us it has happened a bit too much and you can say it has cost us five points.

‘The lads practice penalties in training every now and again. They are all out there before training or after the session and get a couple of balls.

‘You cannot recreate the same pressure in a match.

‘Every player can take penalties, it is just whether they have the mental strength to do it or not and take the pressure that’s on when you actually run up to that ball.’