Nottingham Forest's Lingard & Colback had trouble reading manager's tactics note vs Newcastle

Forest's Lingard and Colback

Jesse Lingard couldn’t inspire Nottingham Forest to a winning start in their Premier League opener against Newcastle.

Newcastle humbled Forest on their return to the top flight with a comprehensive 2-0 victory in front of a packed out St. James’ Park, with Eddie Howe’s side dominating proceedings and looking seriously sharp.

Forest, meanwhile, struggled to get a foothold in the game and despite brighter moments and instances of resilient defending, failed to truly threaten Newcastle for any sustained period of the game.

Steve Cooper’s side returned to the Premier League via the play-offs, but the Welsh manager has had to oversee a complete squad overhaul through the summer, welcoming 12 new signings so far.

A trip away to Newcastle on the opening weekend of the season was always going to prove tough, and a long campaign means Forest have plenty of time to gel and get it right.

However, the loss was a comprehensive one with Eddie Howe’s side creating chance after chance, despite needing two special, second half goals from Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson to break through Dean Henderson in goal.

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It was clear that Forest needed to tweak something to try and get themselves back into the contest after falling behind to Schar’s stunning opener. Cooper noticed that and sent a note onto the field, as is the norm in football these days.

Notes, scribbled down on a ripped up piece of paper, will often make their way around relevant players on the field and instruct some kind of tactical change, usually with substitutes being introduced. Clearly, Cooper had spotted what he thought was a way to get Forest into the game through Jack Colback and Jesse Lingard, and had prepared a note of instructions for the pair.

However, a clip has surfaced on Reddit following yesterday’s defeat, showing Lingard and Colback appearing to seriously struggle trying to make any sense of the note that had been passed their way. It makes for rather amusing watching, so be sure to take a look for yourself below.

Lingard and Colback having trouble understanding the note given by the manager from soccer

Colback, with note in hand, appears to be struggling to grasp whatever it is that is being asked of him on the piece of paper. Lingard, who was walking and playing alongside him, also appears to be taking a look and pointing at the sheet, trying to make sense of it.

The confusion on the pair’s face is clear to see, which unfortunately for them was picked up by a camera. After an awkward amount of reading, pointing and then conversing, it appears that they finally manage to make some sense of the instructions as Colback hastily stuffs away the note and prepares to resume play.

Fans on Reddit were having none of it, though, and lapped up the awkward video. Let’s take a look.

Reddit fan reaction
Reddit fan reaction
Reddit fan reaction
Reddit fan reaction

Whatever it was that was scribbled down on the piece of paper ultimately didn’t work as Forest failed to find a way to break beyond Newcastle, with the hosts doubling their lead later on in the contest.

Lingard struggled to impose himself on his official debut for the club with Cooper’s side unable to get a hold of the game in midfield. But the season is long, and with an entirely overhauled team still needing time to settle in, one loss in the first game of the season means very little right now.

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