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Wednesday, 2 January, 2002, 08:17 GMT
Phillips quits as penalty taker
Kevin Phillips evades the tackle of Aston Villa's Steve Staunton
Phillips had another goalless game against Aston Villa
Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has revealed he will be taking no more penalties - after missing his third spot-kick in a row.

The England international completed his unwanted hat-trick in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa and then said: "I'll let someone else have a go."

Sunderland were awarded a penalty in the 15th minute at the Stadium of Light, after referee Mike Riley controversially ruled that Niall Quinn had been fouled by Jlloyd Samuel.


I thought `I can't take anymore of this, I can't handle it'
Kevin Phillips
Phillips stepped up and hit his shot low to the left of Peter Schmeichel - but the Aston Villa goalkeeper guessed correctly and produced a superb save.

And Phillips, who has suffered a poor run of form of late, made his decision there and then.

"I'm not going to take anymore penalties," he said. "I'm off them now. I'll let someone else have a go.

"It's the third I've missed and I'm going to call it a day and let someone else have a go.

"I've hit the target but from 12 yards, I should be scoring and to miss three on the bounce is disappointing.

"I'm going to take the pressure off myself and let someone else have a go and concentrate on trying to score in the run of play.

  The goalkeepers who saved Phillips' penalties
Kevin Pressman Sheffield Wednesday, 12 September 2001
Carlo Cudicini Chelsea, 9 December 2001
Peter Schmeichel Aston Villa, 1 January 2002
"If we get one on Saturday, I'll let someone else take it. I decided as soon as I missed it.

"I thought `I can't take anymore of this, I can't handle it'. That's my decision."

Sunderland manager Peter Reid said he sympathised with his star striker - and chose to focus on the save rather than the miss.

"I've just seen Peter Schmeichel on the way out and I wanted to check his birth certificate because he looked about 28 not 38," he said.

"Certainly at one stage, it looked as if it was a personal grudge match between him and Kevin Phillips.

"Kevin's just going through one of those spells. He'll most probably bobble one in a couple of weeks from now and go on a run.

"If he wasn't getting chances, it would concern me, but his link-up play and the chances he's getting, he's been outstanding.

Phillips began his miserable run of penalty misses when Sheffield Wednesday's Kevin Pressman denied him in a Worthington Cup tie.

And Chelsea's Carlo Cudicini became the second goalkeeper to save a Phillips spot-kick last month.

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BBC Sport's Alan Biggs
"A point was just reward for a good Sunderland performance"
Aston Villa manager John Gregory
"There were three points at stake today and we've allowed two to slip away"
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09 Dec 01 |  Eng Prem
Cudicini denies Sunderland
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