Mason Mount didn’t ‘bottle’ his FA Cup final penalty, says Jamie O’Hara, who went through the same shootout heartbreak at Wembley in 2009.
Mount missed a the crucial penalty for Chelsea as they lost the cup final 6-5 to Liverpool on Saturday, as Alisson went the right way and saved the midfielder’s spot kick.
Mount’s miss proved decisive, as Liverpool beat Chelsea again at WembleyGetty
The midfielder is starting to get used to losing finals at the national stadiumGetty
It was the 23-year-old’s sixth final defeat at the national stadium, having been on the losing side in the Championship play-off final, Euro 2020 final, Carabao Cup final, and now three FA Cup finals.
But O’Hara insists that Mount’s penalty wasn’t a bad one, it was down to the goalkeeper making a good save.
He then went on to detail the trauma he went through after missing a vital penalty in Tottenham’s League Cup final defeat to Manchester United in 2009.
“When you step up to take that penalty, that’s having belief in yourself,” O’Hara told talkSPORT.
“You don’t need a manager or a sports psychologist to tell you that, you know you’re stepping up to take a big penalty and you know everything riding on it.
“It’s just about whether you’ve got the nerve to hold it.
“And you just need a bit of luck, it’s 50/50, if the keeper goes the right way, he’s got a chance of saving it. It’s a lottery.
“Mason Mount misses his penalty, not because he took a bad one or because he bottled it, it was because the ‘keeper went the right way and made a good save.”
O’Hara’s penalty was saved by Ben Foster in the League Cup final in 2009AFP
So the ex-midfielder knows exactly what Mount went throughGetty
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When asked what it was like to miss a penalty in a big final, he added: “To be honest, I can’t even remember. After I missed that penalty, the rest of the evening is just a complete blur.
“Everything after that is just irrelevant. I can’t even remember walking up to get my runners-up medal, I can’t remember going home. I can’t even remember the weeks after.
“It was absolutely traumatic and just a horrible feeling.”