They’re the moments that leave fans with their mouths agape, managers suspended in disbelief and stadiums blanketed by an eerie silence. The moment when you turn to see fellow supporters mouthing ‘how did he miss that?’ scratching their heads and furiously rubbing their eye sockets.
For the player it can be the most harrowing split second of their entire life and one in which they pray for the turf to open up and swallow them. Just to escape the embarrassment of the crowds stare and humiliating newspaper headlines. Throughout the years the Capital One Cup has witnessed some of the heart wrenching and hilarious misses football has to offer.
Quite frankly there are just no excuses for these types of howlers, although the perpetrator will try his hardest to offer a stack of mitigating circumstances in the post-match interview. But they can’t be accepted. They never will be. And for the unluckily individual their place in a slapstick highlight reel is forever set in stone.