English Premiership

Rooney hints at penalty regret

2015-03-23 14:03
Wayne Rooney (AFP)

Cape Town - Wayne Rooney tweeted his "regret" at not letting Juan Mata take the penalty which the England star missed at Anfield.

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Wayne Rooney failed to beat Simon Mignolet from the spot in the dying minutes of the game, in the process keeping up an unwanted record of not having scored at Anfield since 2005.

Rooney also prevented two-goal here Juan Mata with the chance to leave Merseyside with the match-ball - a rare feat at Anfield.

In his most-patch celebratory tweet, Rooney showered praise on his Spanish teammate before adding that he "should of let him take the penalty".

Rooney's tweet:

Rooney has a fairly modest record from the penalty spot - he has scored 14 of his last 19 league penalties and an overall record of 18 goals from 26 attempts from 12 yards out.

Rooney's last 19 penalties (via espnfc.com):

From the graphic, it seems that Rooney has far more success when shooting to his right, missing the target just once. 

The Manchester United captain has far less success when aiming to score to his left, missing four chances to score.

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