Nottingham Forest introduced one of the strangest kicking routines we’ve seen during their 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United.
Steve Cooper’s side traveled to St James’ Park for their first Premier League game in more than 23 years on Saturday afternoon.
It wasn’t a winning comeback but it did provide one of the biggest talking points in the competition.
Forrest scored a corner kick when leading 1-0 and decided to leave every player outside the penalty area as it was shot. Just watch the screenshots below and it will all make sense.
Taking the corner, five Jungle players rushed into the penalty area and tried to challenge the ball.
Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope and the defenders looked as confused as anyone else on the field.
Bob managed to catch the ball easily after a poor delivery and let everyone watch what they just saw.
It’s safe to say it needs better delivery and much better execution. The clip went viral and fans still don’t fully understand what was attempted.
Someone said: “It’s something I will do in FIFA when I’m bored.”
Another status: “Sunday sentiments I evaluate.”
A third tweeted: “What is this in the name of Ted Lasso?”
While someone said: “The moment I realized we were in a long season.”
The actual tactics would likely be an attempt to disrupt the magpie’s defense and leave them wondering who to tag and capture.
England used similar measures during the 2018 World Cup, with Harry Maguire playing an important role in the far post.
Forrest started the game with six of 12 new signings on the pitch, while Newcastle included only Pope.
Eddie Howe’s men were dominant throughout and Forrest failed to score a single shot on target.
They managed to keep Newcastle away until the 58th minute, when central defender Fabian Schar put in a superb effort from the edge of the penalty area.
He fired his effort away from the near center and there was nothing Dean Henderson could do about it.
Callum Wilson sealed all three points 12 minutes before the end of time with a first chip over Henderson and into the far corner.
This story is developing, and more to follow…