Leighton Baines in the same exclusive club as Le Tissier and Cantona

Matt Le Tissier

Matt Le Tissier

First published in Football

ENGLAND left back Leighton Baines has been placed in an exclusive group containing Manchester United's Eric Cantona and Saints legend Matthew Le Tissier.

The defender is the epitome of high-level consistency and that is highlighted none more so than in his penalty-taking, where he extended his 100 per cent Premier League record to 12 at the weekend in the win over Swansea.

Toffess boss Roberto Martinez did not want to jinx the 29-year-old ahead of their trip to Newcastle tonight but admits he has a special talent from the spot.

"The truth is he is such a cool character in those situations, not just penalties but dead-ball situations as well," he said.

"He is a master at putting the ball where he envisages it and he is a real strength and a real threat.

"Over the history of the game, there are only a few players who gave you that feeling of confidence: Eric Cantona, Matt Le Tissier, in Spain Ronald Koeman.

"There are only a few who bring that composure, assurance and quality in those moments and it is quite unique the strength he has in controlling the moment.

"Obviously the technicality of kicking the ball from a penalty spot shouldn't be that difficult, it is just being able to control the moment and the psychology that goes with it and Leighton is as good as you will see."

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9:10am Tue 25 Mar 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Errrrr and SIR RICKIE LAMBERT
Errrrr and SIR RICKIE LAMBERT Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 26

9:14am Tue 25 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Beat me to it Seed, trouble is we don't get given penalties, I guess they think the foregone conclusion is unfair on other teams?
Beat me to it Seed, trouble is we don't get given penalties, I guess they think the foregone conclusion is unfair on other teams? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 13

10:50am Tue 25 Mar 14

Saintsteve7 says...

Slightly controversial but I actually feel less nervous when Sir Rickie steps up then I did for Matt.
I always felt that if the keeper guessed right then they had a chance with Matt's but with Sir Rickie it doesn't seem to matter if they do.
Slightly controversial but I actually feel less nervous when Sir Rickie steps up then I did for Matt. I always felt that if the keeper guessed right then they had a chance with Matt's but with Sir Rickie it doesn't seem to matter if they do. Saintsteve7
  • Score: 8

11:16am Tue 25 Mar 14

Saintsayer II says...

Tgat artical is as interesting as it is complete
Tgat artical is as interesting as it is complete Saintsayer II
  • Score: 2

11:17am Tue 25 Mar 14

Saintsayer II says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Tgat artical is as interesting as it is complete
That is not what I typed
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Tgat artical is as interesting as it is complete[/p][/quote]That is not what I typed Saintsayer II
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Tue 25 Mar 14

St.Ray says...

No mention of David Peach, Saints fullback from the 70's & 80's. He had a 100% record from the penalty spot for "The Saints" he was also IMO, the best left back never to play for England. How much would he be valued at today?
No mention of David Peach, Saints fullback from the 70's & 80's. He had a 100% record from the penalty spot for "The Saints" he was also IMO, the best left back never to play for England. How much would he be valued at today? St.Ray
  • Score: 16

1:35pm Tue 25 Mar 14

the swinging arm of channon says...

Saintsteve7 wrote:
Slightly controversial but I actually feel less nervous when Sir Rickie steps up then I did for Matt. I always felt that if the keeper guessed right then they had a chance with Matt's but with Sir Rickie it doesn't seem to matter if they do.
I agree
Also saw Jason Dodd taking a few penalties when Matt was out the team. He always put the ball in the top corner where no keeper on earth will save it. Good to see Peachy mentioned in posts too, although Him and the great MC missed the occasional one
[quote][p][bold]Saintsteve7[/bold] wrote: Slightly controversial but I actually feel less nervous when Sir Rickie steps up then I did for Matt. I always felt that if the keeper guessed right then they had a chance with Matt's but with Sir Rickie it doesn't seem to matter if they do.[/p][/quote]I agree Also saw Jason Dodd taking a few penalties when Matt was out the team. He always put the ball in the top corner where no keeper on earth will save it. Good to see Peachy mentioned in posts too, although Him and the great MC missed the occasional one the swinging arm of channon
  • Score: 3

3:23pm Tue 25 Mar 14

miltonarcher says...

St.Ray wrote:
No mention of David Peach, Saints fullback from the 70's & 80's. He had a 100% record from the penalty spot for "The Saints" he was also IMO, the best left back never to play for England. How much would he be valued at today?
He told me he missed one, not sure if it was for us, will check. He went on the England tour to South America but didnt get to play. As to value in todays money, 15 mill ?
[quote][p][bold]St.Ray[/bold] wrote: No mention of David Peach, Saints fullback from the 70's & 80's. He had a 100% record from the penalty spot for "The Saints" he was also IMO, the best left back never to play for England. How much would he be valued at today?[/p][/quote]He told me he missed one, not sure if it was for us, will check. He went on the England tour to South America but didnt get to play. As to value in todays money, 15 mill ? miltonarcher
  • Score: 1

3:37pm Tue 25 Mar 14

lowe esteem says...

He's alright, that Martinez.
At least he realised who LB (left back while Lukes sure!) should aspire to.
A little nudge to remind him about SRL and Peachy wouldn't go amiss, as i think he actually notices these things.
He's alright, that Martinez. At least he realised who LB (left back while Lukes sure!) should aspire to. A little nudge to remind him about SRL and Peachy wouldn't go amiss, as i think he actually notices these things. lowe esteem
  • Score: 3

3:51pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

St.Ray wrote:
No mention of David Peach, Saints fullback from the 70's & 80's. He had a 100% record from the penalty spot for "The Saints" he was also IMO, the best left back never to play for England. How much would he be valued at today?
Amazing player. I seem to remember - but it was a long time ago - that he missed two on the trot after an exemplary previous record. Be fascinating to know if I've dreamed that up or if my memory is correct.
[quote][p][bold]St.Ray[/bold] wrote: No mention of David Peach, Saints fullback from the 70's & 80's. He had a 100% record from the penalty spot for "The Saints" he was also IMO, the best left back never to play for England. How much would he be valued at today?[/p][/quote]Amazing player. I seem to remember - but it was a long time ago - that he missed two on the trot after an exemplary previous record. Be fascinating to know if I've dreamed that up or if my memory is correct. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 4

4:24pm Tue 25 Mar 14

jrod11 says...

It seems to come natural to some players who never seem to lose their cool under pressure whereas you see in shootouts some just seem to lose it at the last few seconds, its just a case of keeping composed.
It seems to come natural to some players who never seem to lose their cool under pressure whereas you see in shootouts some just seem to lose it at the last few seconds, its just a case of keeping composed. jrod11
  • Score: 2

9:30pm Wed 26 Mar 14

4stands says...

miltonarcher wrote:
St.Ray wrote:
No mention of David Peach, Saints fullback from the 70's & 80's. He had a 100% record from the penalty spot for "The Saints" he was also IMO, the best left back never to play for England. How much would he be valued at today?
He told me he missed one, not sure if it was for us, will check. He went on the England tour to South America but didnt get to play. As to value in todays money, 15 mill ?
Peachy hit the post and missed v Sheff Utd, Paul Bradshaw was in goal, my Grandad told me that
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St.Ray[/bold] wrote: No mention of David Peach, Saints fullback from the 70's & 80's. He had a 100% record from the penalty spot for "The Saints" he was also IMO, the best left back never to play for England. How much would he be valued at today?[/p][/quote]He told me he missed one, not sure if it was for us, will check. He went on the England tour to South America but didnt get to play. As to value in todays money, 15 mill ?[/p][/quote]Peachy hit the post and missed v Sheff Utd, Paul Bradshaw was in goal, my Grandad told me that 4stands
  • Score: 0

5:46am Thu 27 Mar 14

SiamSaint says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Errrrr and SIR RICKIE LAMBERT
Baines has scored 12 penalties? Whoopy-doo. Long lunch today at the Echo lads?
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Errrrr and SIR RICKIE LAMBERT[/p][/quote]Baines has scored 12 penalties? Whoopy-doo. Long lunch today at the Echo lads? SiamSaint
  • Score: 0

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