SUCH is his level of expertise, Nobby Solano knew from the moment the ball left his boot in Hartlepool’s win over Bournemouth that it was headed for the top corner.
Pools were trailing by a goal to nil with just 90 seconds of the first half remaining during Saturday’s League One clash.
But the award of a free-kick some 20 yards from goal gave Solano his chance – and he made no mistake.
“I knew it was going in,” he said, after his trademark curler drew Pools level before Evan Horwood smashed a last-gasp winner.
“The key when you take a free-kick is getting it just over the wall because the keeper doesn’t have the time to react.
“It was a small goalkeeper as well and that makes a little bit easier.
“If you hit the ball with the right technique in the right corner it’s difficult for any keeper.
“Too many people in the wall means they can’t sometimes see.
“We were getting beat 1-0 and needed to get back in the game so I had to take that opportunity.
“I was thinking about taking a quick one because one of my team-mates was running into space.
“Thankfully the referee didn’t let me and I’m happy because the ball went into the net.”