Homework pays off for Gerhard Tremmel following penalty save
GERHARD Tremmel reckons saving Goran Karanovic’s first-half penalty was all down to doing his homework on St Gallen.
Swansea City emerged with three points after a hard-earned 1-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium on Thursday night
The German keeper was able to hold on to the ball after a weak spot-kick 14 minutes into the Europa League group stage clash.
“On matchdays, as always, we look at set-pieces and penalties of the opposition,” he told Swansea City’s official website.
“I noticed he went the same way three times, but the important thing for me was his movement towards the ball.
“He stopped in his run-up, so I told myself to stand until the last second before going the way I did.
“His penalty wasn’t very powerful, which funnily enough doesn’t make it any easier because you expect the power to be at a certain level, but I managed to gather it cleanly.”
Tremmel said saving the penalty was “a great feeling” but insisted there was no time to celebrate.
“Straightaway you have players shouting ‘counter attack, counter attack’ at you,” he said.
“So you get the split second to celebrate in your mind, and then your focus is back on what to do next.
“But the important thing was winning that game, and we managed to do that.”