McFall steps forward to back Redman after weekend penalty pain

Ross Redman. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Ross Redman. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

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.”