Bannon tells of his pride.
BARRY Bannan spoke of his pride at slotting a penalty past Gianluigi Buffon and branded Alessandro Del Piero "cocky" for fluffing his comedy spotkick.
The 19-year-old midfielder showed great courage to clinically beat the Italian international No.1 with Villa's first kick of the shoot-out.
And Bannan admits that he is still in awe of Del Piero despite his childhood hero embarrassing himself by scuffing his penalty.
"Getting out on the pitch playing amongst it was unbelievable," said Bannan.
"I would like to have played a bit more obviously and I didn't have much game time, but to go on tonight was brilliant.
"A plus point is scoring a penalty against one of the best keepers in the world.
"You tend to forget when you get out on the pitch because of the way the game's going, it is only after the game that you look back and think about what has just happened.
"Del Piero is a big name player, cocky, and we called that he was going to hit it straight down the middle, but he can do that to be fair.
"He has been there and done everything. He is a player that would try things that no other player would do, and he has tried it tonight and it has not come off.
"I've grown up watching the likes of him and Totti, thinking I just hope I can be as good one day," added Bannan.
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||Aug 3, 2009|
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