Derby County defender Max Lowe says he and his teammates consoled Mateusz Klich after the Leeds United player missed a penalty in last weekend’s draw, RamsTV report.
Leeds dominated their encounter with the Rams and Klich had the opportunity to put the game to bed from the penalty spot with the Whites leading 1-0.
The Polish midfielder’s casual spot-kick, however, rolled wide of the post.
Nervous tension then built up around Elland Road, and Derby capitalised. Coming off the bench, striker Chris Martin grabbed a last-minute equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw.
Derby have plenty of experience when it comes to missed penalties this season. Lowe and his teammates, therefore, offered sympathy to the Leeds midfielder.
I just said [to him] ‘all the best for the season’. I know he was gutted, but it’s the start of the season and everyone is going to make mistakes. He was very upset missing the penalty and then us going on to score and getting a draw. A couple of lads said to [him] ‘keep your head up’ as he is a great player and he proved that last season.
Derby’s matches have been dominated by penalties this season. In eight Championship games, the Rams have taken four spot-kicks and equally faced four.
Phillip Cocu’s side feel missed penalties against Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion cost Derby extra points. Leeds, no doubt, will feel the same after Saturday.
The Whites have a chance to bounce back when they face Charlton Athletic this weekend. Derby, meanwhile, host Birmingham City at Pride Park.