A simple backpass to the goalkeeper is often a way to relieve pressure on team and give the defence a bit of breathing space. Then again it can also lead to disaster.
You wouldn’t be wrong for assuming that a professional footballer, under no real pressure from an opposing player, would be able to make a direct pass back to their 'keeper from 40 yards.
However, Josh Rose, a defender for Central Coast Mariners in Australia, became the exception to that rule when he massively misjudged his backpass during his side's 3-1 defeat to Guangzhou R&F.
In fact he misjudged it so badly that the ball ended up flying past his goalkeeper and all the way into the net.
The shock, panic and embarrassment were written all over the face of Rose who, after the event, could do little other than offer his apologies courtesy of an accepting hand directed towards the poor goalie.
You're not the only one
But don’t dwell it on too much Josh, as former Manchester United legend Gary Neville will tell you it happens to the best of us.
Failing to reach the 2008 European Championships was something that cost the England manager, Steve McClaren, his job, and Neville will surely never forget his own goal against Croatia that damaged qualification prospects.
His pass back to Paul Robinson hit a slight bobble which was enough for the 'keeper to fluff his kick, with the ball rolling into the net. England lost 2-0.
Steven Gerrard has been the source of a few suspect back passes in his time as well, with one of the more memorable ones coming against Arsenal back in 2006.
The Liverpool captain played the ball back to his goalkeeper without looking only for Thierry Henry to latch on to it and bag the winner for the Gunners.
Rose will think twice now before playing a backpass again but he shouldn’t let it hold him back, after all it never really did Neville or Gerrard any harm, did it?
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