“Some supporters are telling me Yann should never wear the blue shirt of Leicester again. I wouldn’t think the manager or players will be happy with it, while the chairman will be thinking Kermorgant has cost him Â£90million.” – Leicester Supporters Club chairman Cliff Ginetta.
“Unfortunately, life is about decision-making, they will be reliving those moments over and over again. Whenever any of us make mistakes in life you have to accept that you haven’t done things how you would have liked to have done them, but you have to get on with. You have to take the responsibility. They were both very different penalties and I am not going to apportion blame. People have their own opinion on that. What is important is that they do get things out of their system.” – Leicester manager Nigel Pearson.
Leicester fans are still coming to grips with their play-off semi-final defeat to Cardiff on Wednesday night. The Foxes gallantly fought back from a 1-0 deficit from the home leg, to take the tie to penalties after at one point being just 22 minutes from Wembley.
The undoubted villain of the piece, as can be ascertained from the first quote above, is French striker Yann Kermorgant. The 28-year-old has had a rather undistinguished season at Leicester, scoring just one goal in 22 appearances.
Nevertheless, he showed no lack of confidence when he stepped up for the Foxes fourth penalty with the scores locked at 3-3 and attempted a dinked penalty. Cardiff keeper David Marshall had already dived but so slow was the shot that he saved it from a prone position on the ground.
Martyn Waghorn also missed a penalty for Pearson’s side and Leicester left Wales with their Premier League dreams in tatters.
One Leicester fan has dealt with the grief of missing out on a Wembley play-off to reach the Premier League, a game now rated as worth 90 million pounds, by penning a song in disgust of Kermorgant.
The song, which includes some absolutely awesome lines, can be seen here.
And Kermorgant’s penalty can be seen at 3.15 on this video.