After 23 years away, Forest secured their long-awaited return to England’s top tier after winning the Championship playoff final in May.
They were handed a tricky trip to Newcastle United to open their 2022/23 campaign.
Unfortunately for the newly-promoted side, they were well and truly outclassed by Eddie Howe’s outfit at St James’ Park.
Newcastle won 2-0 courtesy of goals from Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson.
Forest managed just 38% possession and failed to muster a single shot on target.
While it didn’t go Forest’s way on the day, they could not be criticised for a lack of effort.
They even attempted an incredibly bizarre corner routine in a desperate attempt to get back into the match.
In the 73rd minute, with Newcastle leading 1-0, Forest were given a corner.
Six Forest players positioned themselves around 30 yards from goal. When the corner taker threw his hand in the air, five of them charged into the box, while another stayed on the edge.
The corner was then swung in and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Nick Pope ventured off his line and collected the ball comfortably. Watch the moment below…
We’ll give Forest A for effort, but F for execution.
Still, despite it not paying off this time round, it’s good to see a team come up with a new and innovative set-piece routine.
Their corner has gone viral and you can view some reaction to it below…
Whether Forest continue to try the strange corner-kick routine remains to be seen.
Just imagine the scenes if they did manage to score from it, though.
Forest manager Steve Cooper spoke to the club’s official website after the match and conceded that his side didn’t deserve anything from the match.
“Newcastle were better than us on the day, and we respect that,” said Cooper.
“I’m disappointed with the goals we’ve conceded, we gave the ball away too many times and our in-possession game wasn’t good enough today. Everything is at a higher level now and we’ve got to get up to speed.
“We’ve got to live and learn from the game and we can be a better team than that. If you give the ball away too cheaply at this level you’re going to get punished and that’s what happened.
“We need to keep learning as we go, it was good for the team to feel what the Premier League is about today but at the same time we believe in what we do and believe we can have an impact in games.
“Nothing has been defined today, it was a tough game and we’re disappointed but we’ll learn and make sure we’re better in certain aspects next weekend back at home.”