So it is literally that we’re shit at taking penalties. 79% is bang on the average for penalties scored, over all top flight football globally. We let in exactly as many as you’d expect, but fail to score too often.
I was looking up loads of penalty stats earlier and the misses all came where they were most likely to; messing about on the run up dramatically lowers your chance of scoring, and the final one went to the spot it’s where most likely to be saved (if the goal is divided into squares, three rows of 5, that spot sees only 32% of shots aimed at it going in. Directly at the keepers feet is then about 50%, and then there’s nothing else below 60% [low to the other side of the keeper] and I think the rest of the goal is well over 80%). Of course that’s for an all football average over decades, could well be a sweet spot when facing that particular keeper, who might have a thing for diving somewhere else most often.