Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 loss to Newcastle United produced one of the strangest corner moves we’ve ever seen.
Steve Cooper’s side travel to St James’ Park for their first Premier League game in 23 years on Saturday afternoon.
It wasn’t a winning return, but they did generate one of the biggest talking points of the game.
Forest led 1-0 on corner kicks and decided to keep every player outside the box on penalties. Just watch the footage below and everything will make sense.
After the corner kick was taken, five Forest players rushed into the penalty area and tried to grab the ball.
Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope and his defenders looked confused, as did everyone else in the stadium.
Pope caught the ball with ease after a poor pass, which had everyone watching what they had just seen.
It’s safe to say that it needs better delivery and better execution. The video went viral and fans still don’t fully understand what they tried.
One said: “It’s like what I do on FIFA when I’m bored.”
Another said: “I rate the atmosphere of Sunday’s league.”
A third tweeted: “What is this in Ted Russo’s name?”
One said: “That moment I realised we were going to have a long season.”
The actual tactic is likely to try to disrupt the Magpies’ defence, leaving them wondering who to mark.
England employed a similar routine during the 2018 World Cup, with Harry Maguire playing a major role at the far post.
Six of Forest’s 12 new signings on the pitch started the game, while Newcastle only included their new recruit Pope.
Eddie Howe’s men dominated throughout, with Forest not having a single shot on target.
They managed to hold off Newcastle in the 58th minute when centre-back Fabian Schal made a sensational shot from the edge of the box.
He went all out at the near post and there was nothing Dean Henderson could do about it.
Callum Wilson sealed all three points after 12 minutes, overtaking Henderson for the first time and into the far corner.
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