Jack Colback was on the scoresheet in Nottingham Forest’s emphatic 4-0 win over West Brom on Monday – and he did it in style too.
The midfielder received the ball after a throw-in on the left for his team and without even taking a touch, he volleyed the ball towards the box and towards the goal from the left flank.
Rather than it veering towards a teammates head, the ball instead dipped and swerved over the head of the Baggies goalkeeper and flew into the far corner of the goal. It was a superb effort that topped off the game for Forest – and now former player Steve Hodge has admitted via the BBC that it was a ‘great goal’ and a ‘privilege to see it’ having witnessed it live during commentary duties.
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Forest have been flying under Steve Cooper but their play-off bid took a hit on Good Friday when they were handed a 1-0 defeat against fellow top six challengers Luton. Unfazed by the result though, they bounced back in style by putting four goals past West Brom and ensuring that they remain on course to challenge for a play-off berth.
Right now, they are sat comfortably in fifth, with five games remaining and a five point gap between themselves and Millwall in seventh. Their fate is in their own hands and whilst there is still plenty of work to be done in achieving a potential promotion, all the talk is on Jack Colback’s goal during that game.
Speaking about the goal via the BBC, having seen it live, Steve Hodge said: ““It was a privilege to see that goal.
“We witnessed a great goal. He’s definitely gone for that and caught it perfectly. With his left foot, he has caught it as sweet as a nut and it has perfect weight and perfect dip and the keeper hasn’t got a chance.”
It’ll be nice for Jack Colback to continue getting the plaudits, especially from former players, over his superb strike.
The debate as to whether he meant it or not will probably rumble on but regardless of whether it was an effort at goal or an attempt at a cross, anyone who has seen it cannot deny that it really was an eye-catching goal. It could certainly be a Goal of the Season contender for sure.
Aside from the strike itself though, the goal was important in ensuring that all three points went to Forest in that clash against West Brom. They needed to get back to winning ways after the Luton game and it would have helped to have done so in such emphatic fashion.
If they can pick up a few more victories in their remaining few games, then the play-offs should definitely be on – and an automatic promotion place isn’t entirely out of the question either.