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Lee praises Mel Gwinnett following penalty success

Keeper praises coach following Tuesday's penalty win...

15 August 2019

Lee Nicholls has praised first-team coach Mel Gwinnett for the homework he put in ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup penalty success over AFC Wimbledon.

Nicholls saved two penalties at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, firstly denying Joe Pigott in normal time, before in the shootout, preventing Callum Reilly.

Talking to the local media ahead of Saturday’s clash with Wycombe Wanderers, Nicholls expressed his gratitude towards Gwinnett.

“As soon as it was given, I was looking over at Mel. We have a little way of telling each other where to go - the message came across well.

“You have to do your homework, and execute it on the day. We look at all the penalties, see different pressures, little signs, like if he lifts his arm, he might go one way, stuff like that.

“Obviously, he could put it anywhere, it's not a guarantee but we can only do our homework and hope for the best.”

Ever the perfectionist, the 26-year-old noted his disappointment to concede two on Tuesday night.

“It was good to keep a clean sheet in the first game. I'm a bit gutted we conceded two on Tuesday night and it's a shame we didn't see the game out.”

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