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Hawkins happy to take decisive Wembley penalty

3 April 2019

Oli Hawkins celebrates scoring the winning penalty for Pompey at Wembley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It was a kick that sent more than 40,000 Pompey fans inside at Wembley – and all those watching from further afield – wild with delight.

But Oli Hawkins had no qualms about taking the crucial penalty in Sunday’s Checkatrade Trophy triumph over Sunderland.

Gareth Evans, Brett Pitman, Lee Brown and Jamal Lowe had already scored in the shoot-out following a 2-2 draw after 120 minutes, while Craig MacGillivray saved Lee Cattermole’s effort.

That gave Hawkins the chance to win it for the Blues and he confidently fired home to secure the silverware.

The striker said: “It’s obviously a brilliant feeling and I wanted the fifth penalty – I was confident enough that I could put it away.

“I was always going to put it where I did. I was looking at their keeper and he was going to his left a lot, so I knew where to go and stuck with that.

"I wanted the fifth penalty – I was confident enough that I could put it away."

Oli Hawkins

“It’s my first game at Wembley and I’m from the area – not far from the ground – although I’ve been here a few times to watch.

“So the feeling is unbelievable and to score the winning penalty in front of those fans is what dreams are made of.

“Our league form was good in the lead-up to the game and now we need to focus on the last seven games. If we can go on to secure promotion then it would have been a wonderful season.”

Kenny Jackett revealed that with the first four spot-kick takers secured, Hawkins was quick to offer his services.

The Blues boss said: “Evans, Pitman, Lowe and Brown have been consistent in terms of wanting to take them this season.

“Oli was the first one to speak up and he backed it up with a terrific fifth penalty. I’m delighted for him.”

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