Jordan Pickford’s penalty cheat sheet spotted on water bottle as eagle-eyed fans watch him stop Maddison’s penalty

SOCCER fans spotted Jordan Pickford’s ‘penalty cheat sheet’ on his water bottle before saving James Maddison’s penalty.

Leicester had a golden chance to take a 3-1 lead against Everton before half-time on Monday night when Michael Keane blocked Harvey Barnes’ cross with his arm.

Jordan Pickford saved James Maddison's penalty on Monday night


Jordan Pickford saved James Maddison’s penalty on Monday nightPhoto credit: Getty
His water bottle filled with dates was spotted by the Sky Sports cameras


His water bottle filled with dates was spotted by the Sky Sports camerasPhoto credit: Sky Sports

Maddison took on English teammate Pickford from 12 yards.

But his attempt straight down the middle was parried by the Three Lions No1.

Fans were quick to point out afterwards that Pickford had his trusty water bottle with the penalty information written on it.

He had dates from Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Jamie Vardy on the bottle.

And the stats for Maddison said he goes down in the middle 60 percent of the time, with the instruction on the bottle telling Pickford to “stay center stage.”

Pickford told Sky Sports: ‘Madders, he has his lesson to learn! He doesn’t play poker by the sound of it.

“Nah, to be fair, I’m doing my homework. I said this morning which direction I’m going.

“He expects me to dive, so I double-bluffed him and made one against him.”


The ex-Sunderland man, 29, had similar dates on his bottle when Everton faced Liverpool in February.

He previously used the trick during England’s 2018 World Cup shootout against Colombia and in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.

Responding to social media, one person said: “Love this. Pickford is doing his homework and is brave enough to stand up and not dive to one side or the other.

“And to anyone who’s saying it’s a terrible pen, if Pickford dives either way and he drills it in the middle then yes we’d say it’s a great pen. It’s a top save 🙌🏽.”

Another added: “Decent info. Clear, simple, effective.”

A third replied: “That’s why you’re doing your homework 😂.”

And a fourth replied: “This is some really clever s***housery. Will get into the minds of the takers.”


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