SUCH is his level of expertise, Nobby Solano knew from the moment the ball left his boot 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 at Bournemouth.
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 told SportMail 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 talking 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.”
That strike, Solano’s second in as many matches, paved the way for supersub Horwood to steal a fifth straight win for Pools with an 87th-minute rocket which crashed in off the underside of the bar.
And the Peruvian added: “Evan’s goal is unbelievable, it’s a great strike.
“I said to him ‘I’ll give you 20 balls the same and you won’t score the same goal’ – it’s a great finish.
“Everyone who came on gave everything and that’s a great thing in the team right now.
“So I’m very happy with the win because we didn’t play that well in the first half.
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