USMNT striker Haji Wright angers Coventry City boss with rock, papers, scissors routine

USMNT striker Haji Wright scored twice for Coventry City in their Championship win over Millwall on Sunday — but his unusual method to decide who took his side’s penalty left boss Mark Robins unimpressed.

Wright, 25, drew Coventry left from the penalty spot midway through the second half after being brought down by Millwall defender Japhet Tanganga inside the area.

The former New York Cosmos striker then played a game of rock, papers, scissors with Coventry’s regular penalty-taker Callum O’Hare to decide who took the spot kick, which Wright won.

The American rolled in his penalty and minutes later netted the winning goal following a run and assist from O’Hare, as Coventry secured a 2-1 win to move them into a promotion play-off spot.

Rock, papers, scissors is an unconventional manner of resolving sporting disputes, although it was also used between Minnesota Timberwolves teammates Anthony Edwards and Troy Brown Jr to decide which player was substituted out of an NBA match against Los Angeles Lakers in December.

Coventry striker Wright said after Sunday’s match: “So, I won the penalty and me and Callum had a quick discussion about who was going to take it.

“We had a game of rock, paper, scissors.

“I know Callum is amazing at taking penalties, he has that little stutter step, and he will probably score 90 percent of the time, but I am confident myself, so I wanted to take it.

“Luckily, I won the game of rock, paper, scissors. I went for rock! I had a little delay in my throw, but it is what it is.

“We are both hungry players. We want to succeed; we want to show our quality on the pitch, and it was good to score and help the team.”


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However, City boss Robins was not happy with the manner in which the decision to take the penalty was reached between Wright and O’Hare.

“Rock, paper, scissors? I’m going to kill them,” Robins said after the game. “For me, it’s about who’s confident to take the penalty.

“Now, Callum’s confident, Haji was a regular penalty taker in Turkey (with Antalyaspor), so I’ve got no problem and then if I get involved with that then it obviously puts doubt in somebody’s head.

“So, let them sort it out and if they miss it then they’re in trouble, aren’t they, but thankfully they’ve got the wherewithal and the calm heads to deal with that situation.”

Robins then added, to reflect his happiness with the outcome: “The good thing is they both want to score, they both want to take the penalty, they both want to get on the scoresheet.

“I think that, obviously, you’ve got a situation where there’s two really decent penalty takers there, but it needs to be a little bit more scientific than that.

“They’ve obviously sorted it out between themselves and that’s fine.”

Coventry are now in sixth position in the Championship and in the play-off places for promotion to the Premier League while Millwall remain 18th.

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