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Match-winner Max on that penalty

24 February 2014

Max Kretzschmar says he had no hesitation in putting his name forward for Saturday’s crucial penalty.

The 19-year-old was the coolest man inside Adams Park as he blasted a 35th-minute spot-kick past Tommy Lee in the Chesterfield goal.

Blues were never really threatened by the league leaders after that and Gareth Ainsworth’s men were worthy recipients of what could prove to be a valuable three points.

“I’m not the first-choice penalty taker but I looked around and I wanted to take it,” said the midfielder.

“Ironically I made a comment about a Bayern Munich player, who is only 20, taking a penalty against Arsenal, but I wanted it and was confident that I was going to score.

“Hand on heart, as I put the ball on the spot and took a few steps back I thought, ’this could go one of two ways’.

“Ozil’s penalty (last week against Bayern Munich) did crop into my mind and he had a silly run-up so I wasn’t going to do that. 

“I decided to just put my foot through it and I was thinking that it could either set the tone for the game or it could have a negative effect. Luckily it went in and we went on to win the game, so I’m happy.”

Kretzschmar added: “I hadn't scored at home so that was a good monkey to get off my back.

“It’s a massive win, Chesterfield are a really good side who are obviously top of the league and are probably going to get promoted.

“It’s a massive three points for us, we’ve been on a bad run, but hopefully the tide has turned now.”

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