Stuart Pearce has claimed that the Portsmouth goalkeeper Dave Beasant was happy to let him score a history-making penalty – but he still put it over the crossbar.
The Manchester City veteran retired after the club's final game of the season, Sunday's 3-1 win over Portsmouth. In injury time, City were awarded a penalty that, had Pearce scored, would have been his 100th career goal and set a new club record of 109 goals for a league season.
As 34,000 fans waited to acclaim their hero, the 43-year-old Beasant had a word in Pearce's ear as he prepared to take the spot-kick.
"Beasant said he wasn't going to move and told me just to put it into the corner – and I go and miss the goal," Pearce said. "That just about sums me up. It was a comical end to the game, but typical of me. When I got a move to West Ham I broke my leg twice, and I took a penalty in a World Cup semi-final and missed it. There is always a sting in the tail when the Pearce does anything."
Meanwhile, the City manager Kevin Keegan will make the Dutch Under-21 centre-half Tyrone Loran his next Manchester City signing this week. Keegan is poised to recruit the strapping Volendam defender in the face of competition from both Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven.Reuse content