Homework pays off for Tremmel
4th October 2013
Penalty hero Gerhard Tremmel has revealed how his spotkick revision paid off as he sent the Swans on their way to a second win in the Europa League Group Stage.
The German keeper came to the Swans' rescue as he kept out Goran Karanovic's 14th minute penalty against St Gallen, with Michael Laudrup's side eventually running out 1-0 victors courtesy of Wayne Routledge's second-half strike.
Victory ensured the Swans have a perfect record from their two games in Group A, with this latest win following up the 3-0 triumph in Valencia.
And Tremmel certainly played his part at the Liberty, and he insisted his crucial save was down to homework.
"On matchdays, as always, we look at set-pieces and penalties of the opposition," said Tremmel.
"I noticed he went the same way three times, but the important thing for me was his movement towards the ball.
"As a goalkeeper you are not in a pressure situation, while for the penalty taker is so different as they are expected to score. That can play on their mind in the seconds building up to the penalty.
"He stopped in his run-up, so I told myself to stand until the last second before going the way I did.
"His penalty wasn't very powerful, which funnily enough doesn't make it any easier because you expect the power to be at a certain level, but I managed to gather it cleanly.
"It shows that doing your homework on teams and certain players can really pay off.
"It was a crucial moment in the game. They were on top at the time, so if they scored that then it would have been tough for us.
"But I'm just glad that I could save the penalty and then later on Wayne scores the winning goal.
"It's a great feeling saving a penalty, but it doesn't last very long.
"When someone scores, they get to run to the crowd and celebrate with them.
"For goalkeepers, we save a penalty and straight away you have players shouting 'counter attack, counter attack' at you. So you get the split second to celebrate in your mind, and then your focus is back on what to do next.
"But the important thing was winning that game, and we managed to do that."
While this was the first spotkick Tremmel has faced since joining the Swans two years ago, he has a decent record at previous clubs.
He explained: "When I was at Cottbus in Germany we beat Bayern Munich 2-0. We were 1-0 up at the time and Luca Toni went down in the box. They got a penalty and Frank Ribery took it but I dived the right way.
"There was no analysis back then, so I had to go with my instincts.
"The following year we played Bayern again and they got another penalty.
"Ribery stepped up, and I remember Philipp Lahm speaking to him just before it, and I believe he told him that I had dived one way the previous year so Ribery should go the other way this time.
"But I stopped him again, and although we lost the game 3-1 it was still pleasing to stop Ribery from scoring that penalty."