“It’s a sickener that I saved two penalties and neither counted. The ref wouldn’t even tell me why. The linesman told me it was because I had come off the line. I got the feeling they wouldnâ€™t be happy until Millwall had scored. I wondered if it was worth diving for the third. Had I saved that they probably would have made them take it again. It’s the first time I’ve ever been pulled up at a penalty – and that includes youth football. I donâ€™t think I did anything wrong.” – Joe Lewis.
Easter Monday produced a remarkable piece of bad luck for League One’s Peterborough as second-placed Posh lost 2-nil at Millwall, however it was the first goal of the match that caused all the uproar.
Twenty-five minutes in and the hosts won a spot-kick. Up stepped Gary Alexander to try his luck, only for visiting keeper, England Under-21’s Joe Lewis, to pull off the save low at his right hand side. But the Lions had little time to dwell on the missed opportunity as referee Keith Woolmer quickly blew the whistle ordering a retake, with Lewis adjudged to have stepped off his line too early.
Take two, and Gary Alexander had his moment of reprieve. Do’h! The goalie’s powers held firm as Lewis correctly stopped the ball motoring down the right-centre of the goal, diving again to his right. Amazingly, however, lightening struck twice for ref Woolmer too, who called back play for a second time after his linesman flagged against Lewis for again moving too quickly off his goalline.
With Dave Martin taking over the duties for a third time, finally Millwall scored, with the irony being that Joe Lewis moved significantly more than the previous two efforts which he saved.
Millwall’s triple penalty can be seen here.