If you’ve ever played football - be it professionally, Sunday League, or with your mates in the park - chances are you’ll be able to emphasise with Terry Dodd.
The Horsham forward was playing in a Southern Combination League Premier Division match against Halisham Town when he took the ball around the goalkeeper, who found himself in no man’s land, and had the relatively straightforward task of tapping the ball into an empty net from a slight angle.
Poor old Dodd, however, preceded to hit the side-netting. One of the Halisham Town defenders did well to put off the striker, in fairness, but Dodd should have buried the chance. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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The miss be itself wouldn’t have gone viral. It was a bad miss, but not *that* bad.
What has turned Terry Dodd into a social media star after the past couple of the days was his way of immediately dealing with his embarrassment.
Video: Doddy drinks beer after open goal miss
The forward went into the crowd, spotted a fan with a pint of beer, picked up said beverage and took a few cheeky gulps.
You’d never see this happen in a Premier League match!
Doddy is actually prolific
Horsham have written up their own article titled ‘Doddy goes viral’ with some additional information about the match and the man himself.
Doddy’s miss wasn’t costly - far from it. Horsham recorded an emphatic 11-1 win over their opponents and Dodd had already sealed his hat-trick.
In fact, Doddy is prolific.
According to Horsham’s website, he has become the first player from the club to score 30 league goals in a season since Mick Browning in 1962.
Top work, Doddy!
Horsham added: “Given that his goals have helped fire Horsham to the title and back to the Ryman League, we’re quite sure no one would begrudge him a few more pints this week – as long as it’s off the pitch!”
Even the best players can miss open goals
Even the best players can miss open goals - as Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli proved against Stoke City on Monday night.
The 20-year-old is one of the most talented young players in the country but somehow preceded to hit the post after rounding Stoke’s veteran goalkeeper Shay Given.
Whose open goal miss is worse: Dele Alli or Doddy’s? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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