“A lovely first touch in a Forest shirt.”
When Hwang Ui-jo, 31, scored the winning goal in Nottingham Forest’s first preseason game in England, the club’s website and local media were all over it. Hwang struggled to break into the Premier League last year, signing a contract with Nottingham only to go straight out on loan to Olympiakos in Greece.
But this season, he’s doing his best to make it a challenge he won’t regret, scoring the only goal for the Magpies in his first game.
The Nottingham striker came on as a substitute wearing the No. 35 shirt at the start of the second half of the 0-0 friendly between Nottingham and Notts County at Meadow Lane in Nottingham, England, on Sept. 15 and scored the first goal of the game within a minute. Nottingham held on for a 1-0 win.
Hwang joined Nottingham from French Ligue 1 side Girondins Bordeaux last summer.
However, he was unable to fulfill his Premier League dreams. He was sent out on loan to Olympiakos in Greece. After a lackluster regular season with Olympiakos, he was loaned back to K League 1 FC Seoul in the first half of the year.
In Seoul, he steadily improved his form. After scoring just four goals in 18 games, he scored two goals in his last three games before leaving. On the 20th of last month against El Salvador in the A match, he scored a goal in the third minute after coming on as a late substitute. The goal against El Salvador was his first in a year.
Having regained his goal-scoring touch at home, Hwang departed for England on the third of this month and is looking to make his Premier League debut, something he failed to do last year. Nottingham were successful in staying in the Premier League last season, so their established strikers are in charge.
However, Hwang traveled to England with determination, and it paid off on his Nottingham debut against Notts County on Nov. 15.
After watching the first half from the bench, Hwang was involved in an incident just a minute into the second half.
After winning the ball through forward pressure from opposing defender Kyle Cameron, he beat the goalkeeper from the edge of the area before unleashing a right-footed curling shot into the net. He scored with his first touch in his first game in a Nottingham shirt. He proved that his belated bid to make his Premier League debut was a worthy one. 안전놀이터
Although Notts County are in League Two (fourth tier), this is a local rivalry with both teams sharing the same hometown, and Hwang’s killer instinct shining through was noteworthy considering Nottingham didn’t score a goal in the first half. After the goal, the Nottingham players ran out to congratulate Hwang.
The Nottingham club’s website announced the result of the game, stating that “Hwang Ui-jo introduced himself to the loyal Forest crowd of 6000 and started the second half strongly with a goal just 30 seconds into the second half.”
Nottinghamshire Live, a local Nottingham newspaper, praised each of the Nottingham players on the pitch, saying, “What a debut. His first touch in a Forest shirt was followed up with a lovely finish.”
After scoring a delightful goal, which was also the winner, Hwang celebrated with the squad.