Webster: Winning spot-kick was my first penalty

Defender relieved to seal Albion's progress to fourth round of Emirates FA Cup.

By Charlie Hanson • 11 January 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Webster fires in Albion's winning penalty at Rodney Parade.

Adam Webster revealed after Sunday's win over Newport County that it was the first time he'd taken a penalty as a professional.

The defender sealed Albion’s win with the 14th spot-kick of a marathon shoot-out during which Jason Steele made four saves before Webster clinched it 4-3.

But Webster admitted that as Albion's seventh taker he didn't expect to be called upon.

“That was my first penalty in a competitive game. In training if we have small-sided games we go to a penalty shoot-out if it's a draw, so that's about as much as I have done – two or three in training.

“I said I would go seventh and the longer it went on I was thinking 'I might have to take one here!' and it turned out it was the winning penalty.”

Conditions proved to be a bit of a leveller but Webster has experienced the notorious Rodney Parade pitch before.

“I have played at Newport's ground a couple of times and I have played in League Two and in the National League, I am probably more used to these kinds of pitches than some.

“It took a little bit of getting used to because we are used to the best pitches in the country. We couldn't use it as an excuse, it's just one of those things."

Steele made amends for the mistake that led to Newport's equaliser in normal time, with the final touch coming off Webster for an own goal.

“I couldn't do anything about it, the ball just hit me,” said Webster. “Steely thought Dunky was going to deal with it and vice-versa. It was frustrating because we would rather not have gone to extra time and penalties, but we're happy to be in the hat for the next round.

“Steely made some great saves in that shoot-out. It's not easy to save a penalty, let alone four. The first one was a great save.”

The fourth and fifth round draws will take place on Monday night at 7.10pm on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Albion are ball number 31.