James Vaughan is ready to carry on taking Huddersfield Town’s penalties – if he’s given the chance.
The 10-goal top scorer drove in a sizzling equaliser against Blackpool, but then missed from the spot as Mark Robins’ men had to make do with a point.
But the former Norwich striker, who scored a penalty in the 5-1 home win over Bournemouth earlier this season, is ready to bounce back when Town return to Championship business at Middlesbrough tomorrow.
And Vaughan, who hit the bar with Friday’s attempt, says he won’t voluntarily hand over the 12-yard duties.
“I won’t shirk it,” said the 25-year-old. “I love taking penalties and if required I’ll be there to take the next one.
“I was confident of putting Friday’s away. I am always confident with penalties. It should have been a goal but unfortunately it didn’t go in.
“I am devastated for the lads, I can’t hide that. We showed a lot of character to come back after a poor first half and we should have won the game.”
Having had a first-half header controversially chalked off when he was adjudged offside, Vaughan fired home from Duane Holmes’ pass to cancel our Ricardo Fuller’s opener for Blackpool.
He was happy to thank the 18-year-old substitute, who was making his league bow, for the assist.
“It was a great pass and I was delighted to get on the end of it,” said Vaughan, who was 16 when he made his debut for Everton.
“Duane is a great young lad. He’s shown what he can do in training all season and by impressing in the Under 21s.
“He’s got his head screwed on the right way and he works hard. If he keeps on like that he’ll have a great future in the game.”
Town have loaned left-back Liam Ridehalgh, an unused substitute in last Tuesday’s Capital One Cup defeat at Hull, to League I Tranmere for the next three months.
The 22-year-old has had previous loan experience at Swindon, Chesterfield and Rotherham.