Date: 30th November 2016 at 3:36pm
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Goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was obviously in front of the media cameras last night following the penalty spot kick victory over Newcastle United in the quarter finals of the League Cup.

Finishing regulation time down to ten men and scoreless, Newcastle took the lead in extra time but Robert Snodgrass had us level a minute later and that obviously saw us through to the penalty shootout.

Winning that stage of the game 3-1, Jakupovic more than played his part with two saves from Jonjo Shelvey and Yoan Gouffran’s efforts and he credited the goalkeeper union’s research into the opposition for helping him.

Speaking to the Official Site to give his own review of the evening’s action the goalkeeper explained.

‘The only thing in my mind if we get to a penalty shoot-out is to save the penalties.’

Makes it sound so easy doesn’t he!

‘We do research on penalty takers before pretty much every game. It started with Gary Walsh and continues now with Bobby Mimms (goalkeeping coach). It is an important thing. I knew Shelvey would put his penalty where he did. Even if you know that, you still need to be a bit lucky and make the save but we are all happy that we won the game and got through.’

With a number of key saves in the regulation 90 minutes and the additional 30 with extra time it was a solid all round performance from the stopper. He was obviously delighted to write his own name into our history as we went through to the League Cup semi finals for the first time.

‘It was a special night because we knew this club hadn`t been through to the semi-finals of this competition before. It was not an easy game and we knew we would have to be patient against a good Newcastle team. We showed a good reaction after going behind in extra time and got back to 1-1 within a couple of minutes. After that it was a case of keeping them out and going to the 50-50 situation of penalties. Thankfully that went our way.’

So to tonight’s draw following the Manchester United v West Ham tie and we find out who we get next.

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