BURTON Albion Professional Development Phase goalkeeper Greg Lewis revealed some ofhis spot-kick saving methods after keeping a penalty out in the Young Brewers’ 1-0 winover Mansfield Town at St George’s Park.
Lewis was chosen to wear the captain’s armband for his second EFL Youth Alliance League appearance of 2021, with his first-half penalty save helping Albion to a second successive victory.
“I back myself on penalties to be fair,” the Albion stopper said after the game.
“I think it’s all mainly a mental game, and it’s a really nice feeling to save a penalty.
“I was especially pleased to save that one today because I was able to make up for the mistake I made by giving it away. There’s nothing better in goalkeeping really.
“Takers will always try to send you with their eyes but I always have my own trick of trying to get in their head before they take the kick.
“At this level, I don’t think many players want to take a penalty, so I always back myself to save them.”
Being the Young Brewers’ captain-for-the-day was something that Lewis said he took great pride in, and he was also particularly pleased to end the match with his clean sheet still intact.
Lewis stated: “I see myself as loud, aggressive and a big presence at the back, so I felt really comfortable taking the armband for the game.
“It’s all about organisation. As a keeper, if I can help to organise the defence then I’ll have
less to do during the game, so the game’s easier.
“Every clean sheet means a lot too. It was good to get the opportunity to get back into the
team and play competitively again and I think I took it quite well.
“We feel great as a team right now. We had the stuff with the FA Youth Cup which was
harsh but there’s a really good chemistry among us now.
“We all like to be around each other and I think it’s definitely helping us on the pitch.
Morale in the dressing room is definitely high at the moment.”