Derby County manager, Paul Warne, has admitted that Harvey White was distraught after conceding a late penalty on Saturday in Derby’s 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers.
White has impressed since his loan switch to Pride Park in January and is getting some useful minutes under his belt, with the midfielder having made 14 appearances for the League One club so far.
However, the 21-year-old had an outing to forget away at Bristol on Saturday as he came on as a substitute for the final 24 minutes and was adjudged to have given away a penalty deep into stoppage time.
Antony Evans converted from the spot to snatch a point for the home side and Warne admitted that the on-loan Spurs man was disappointed as he felt responsible for his side throwing two points away.
The Rams boss told The Derby Telegraph about White: “He was genuinely upset as I would be if I was a player on loan.
“Having come on and through no fault of his own given away a penalty, he’s probably thinking he’s run over a voodoo doll or something.
“He was visibly upset after the game because you go from not an amazing performance but a win a way from home, nobody cares, get home it’s a brilliant three points.
“He feels he has played a massive part in that downfall. I can see why he thinks that because he has in fairness to him. It’s the referee’s decision but he gave him the decision to make, that’s the sad thing.”
However, Warne insisted that he was more upset with the build-up to the penalty rather than White’s foul and revealed that the youngster was keen to learn from his mistake.
The 49-year-old added: “I can see he has been fouled but my issue is further down the pitch when we have a throw-in.
“If you stand near me you might hear me but we had a throw in their final third and let them out too easy. It drives me insane. They hit a diagonal, they get a throw, they recycle it, they cross it, penalty.
“I left Harvey on Saturday, but I texted him on Sunday to say ‘How are you?’
“He said ‘Alright gaffer, what do you think I should have done differently?’ I sent him the video I have of my angle. It shows he could have maybe got in a position quicker, even though I don’t think it’s a penalty.
“It’s gone now. It’s all part of the learning curve. That’s why Premier League clubs like sending their players out on loan because they are the educational parts that you don’t get in training.
“He’s fine and he’s ready to play a part [on Tuesday].”
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As Warne points out, mistakes like this would be a valuable learning experience for White. It is great to hear that the youngster is keen to use it as a teaching moment.
Being in these sorts of high-pressure situations will do more for the 21-year-old’s development than any number of matches for Tottenham’s Under-21s would.
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