McFall steps forward to back Redman after weekend penalty pain

Ross Redman. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Ross Redman. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
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Ross Redman has received backing from his manager in the aftermath of Saturday’s Windsor Park penalty pain.

The left-back was unable to steer a spot-kick past Linfield goalkeeper Ross Glendinning during the closing stages of a 3-2 defeat at the home of the league leaders.

Darren Murray, the club’s first-choice option, was off the pitch following his substitution. Chris Casement - next in line from the spot - had to miss the match due to suspension.

Redman used a social media account to issue an apology to the fans and team-mates. Gary Twigg, one of the most prolific strikers in Ireland, was on the pitch but McFall understands his decision not to take a penalty.

“Ross had the character to step up in the situation and even the best players in the world can miss a penalty,” said McFall. “Gary may be a striker but does not feel he is any good at penalty kicks.

“It is about having the confidence and, for example, someone like Darren Murray has that knack with a penalty kick and is excellent.

“Ross is a strong character and must now put the miss behind him and move on.

“As a team we displayed a lot of spirit to bounce back from conceding the early goal and go in front.

“We will call on that to move forward and forget about the past two defeats.”