The Scottish midfielder hit a powerful penalty past Jon Busch in the 62nd minute to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place Sunday night.VANCOUVER – Two home games, and two goals for Barry Robson.
The Scotsman bagged the winner from the penalty spot 62 minutes into the Vancouver Whitecaps' 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place on Sunday evening.
Robson chose to drive his shot rather than place it, and that decision panned out as he blasted his effort past Jon Busch and into the left side of the goal with some force.
“Just hit it as hard as I can,” Robson said of what was going through his mind prior to the strike. “It went in the corner thankfully. If you hit the penalties hard, even if the goalie picks the right side if you’ve got a bit of power on it they still might not be able to save it. If you don’t hit them so hard they have a real chance at saving them.
“It’s just about whether you’ve got the bottle to step up and hit it as hard as that.”
Still, had Camilo got his way, Robson might not have had a chance to score the winner at all and demonstrate his “bottle.” The Brazilian generated the penalty after getting tripped up by Sam Cronin, and seemed miffed that Robson wanted to take it.
“I kind of sneaked up and grabbed the ball,” Robson said following the match. “I’ve took penalties wherever I’ve been. I just wanted to take it and it was there for me, and I hope the boys don’t mind.”
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Given the result, his teammates surely won’t mind at all, especially given head coach Martin Rennie’s admission that there was no direction from the bench about who should take the club’s first MLS penalty of 2012.
“Usually we do put it up on the board and make sure that they know,” Rennie said. “But we’ve never had a penalty so it got to the point that we were debating it a bit and not putting it out there.”
Not that Rennie might have been able to do much had he wanted someone else to take it – Robson’s body language when Camilo attempted to retrieve the ball indicated the designated player didn’t think the matter was up for debate.
“Barry Robson wasn’t going to give the ball away I don’t think once he got it,” Rennie said. “It’s nice for him to come in and score two goals in two games at home. It helps him settle and lets the fans see just how good a player he is.”
The Whitecaps move to 9-6-7 ahead of their trip to Real Salt Lake on Friday at Rio Tinto Stadium.