Football world divided as ‘absolutely outrageous’ goal sparks epic debate

We might just have witnessed the next winner of the Puskas Award for the goal of the year.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Jack Colback sent the City Ground into absolute delirium when he scored a genuine screamer against West Bromwich Albion.

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The home side were in complete control over West Brom, with Forest leading 2-0 against the visitors who were down to ten men after defender Darnell Furlong was shown his second yellow card in the 17th minute.

The clock was ticking towards halftime when Colback took a throw-in high up the left-hand side of the pitch and found the feet of striker Brennan Johnson.

Johnson popped it back up to Colback, who then unleashed a strike with the outside of his left boot to curl in over a helpless David Button in the West Brom net.

Colback could scarcely believe what had just transpired as he held his hand to his mouth in pure shock.

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Football world divided as ‘absolutely outrageous’ goal sparks epic debate
Jack Colback couldn’t believe what he’d just done. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

So too did many of his teammates, who had their hands on their heads in total disbelief.

Social media was also stunned by the scenes that had just transpired, but it also created a great debate: did Colback truly mean to score?

Given his location on the pitch when he hit the ball, it’s easy to see how Colback was going for a cross rather than a shot.

But did he really expect to find the head of Forest striker Sam Surridge, who was the sole presence in a red short loitering around in the West Brom box?

Opinion was split down the middle, although there could be a high correlation between those in the camp of ‘intentional’ and also being a Forest fan.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the man of the hour cheekily confirmed that he had the sole intention of finding the back of the net when he leathered the ball with his left peg.

“Yeah, 100 per cent (intentional),” Colback said.

“I’ve seen it pop up and thought I had to hit it.

“I’ve hit it towards goal and it was nice to see it go in.”

When quizzed as to whether his goal was something he’d perfected on the training ground, the 32-year-old responded: “No, not really.”

Colback humorously added: “I just need the service a little more.”

Forest manager Steve Cooper shared the same view as his midfielder.

“He’s (Colback) said he meant it,” Cooper said.

“Jack isn’t one to crave any extra praise.

“He’s a bit of a throwback on that front, so I’m not arguing with him.”

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