Portsmouth’s Michael Jacobs goes viral with his genuinely quite unbelievable ‘diving header nutmeg pass’ vs Charlton on Monday night.
The Pompey winger Michael Jacobs pulled off what has been described to be a magnificent piece of skill and improvisation during Monday night’s encounter against the Addicks.
Danny Cowley’s side, who currently find themselves sitting 11th in the League One table, struggled against Johnnie Jackson’s side at Fratton Park.
Charlton ended up coming away with all three points after goals from Conor Washington and Clark Robertson (own goal) sealed a 2-1 win, however another talking point was the performance of Jacobs, who also got himself on the scoresheet.
The 30-year-old winger, who had been linked with a move away from Portsmouth during the January transfer window following a lack of game time, also produced an extraordinary skill if you want to call it that in stoppage time.
After seemingly slipping over the wet pitch, Jacobs bizarrely managed to header on a pass before nutmegging a Charlton defender.
It was a success through ball to teammate George Hirst – and before you knew it, footage of what he had just done got thousands of views.
The Atheltic’s Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee wrote on Twitter and got over 15,000 likes within 24 hours: “Errrr best pass ever?”
Errrr best pass ever? pic.twitter.com/HQ4X7IdHPc
— Sam Lee (@SamLee) January 31, 2022
Twitter users reacted as Portsmouth’s Michael Jacobs goes viral with his ‘diving header nutmeg pass’ vs Charlton…
@PFCJ96: SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PLAY MICHAEL JACOBS
@stuart4162: Almost as good as @sterling7 goal v Brighton, if you know you know.
@seanaldss: This is the winger version of Ruben Dias
@PompeyViking62: And the Pompey man of the match is… Michael Jacobs.
@Greglipka123: @RemyBrown1 This is some dumb fifa shit that happened to me all the time fr
@RemyBrown1: I can hear the chair arm being hit right now
@JakeMartinMagee: @Chinnes1872 simply can’t teach that.
@DanJBoyce: @Rqsportswriter highlight of the charlton game
@_jakeperkins: What a ball son
@sohailrblake: “Nobody wanna talk about this 50 yard pass, that I make earlier in the game”
@adam_hillier97: Jacobs has got more talent playing led on his front than the rest of the squad has on two feet.
@afcfeyz: When you have never seen Dennis bergkamp play
@_Amirfarishh: what kind of sorcery is this! 😂
@FootyChancellor: I’ve watched this at least 50 times
@barneyhw11: Michael Jacobs had a great game last night. How he doesn’t start is unbelievable #Pompey
@lloydystark: Can’t teach this wizardry
Pompey boss Danny Cowley refused to blame offside goal for defeat to Charlton, saying post-match: “I don’t think that we played well enough for long enough after what was a good opening to the game.
“We created some promising chances, but couldn’t take them and that sounds very familiar – it’s happened too many times.
“After conceding the first goal we didn’t respond well enough and it’s been the story of our home form in recent times.
“It was offside, but I’d rather focus on our performance. There have been bits that have gone against us, but we can’t control that.
“When the substitutes came on they gave us a lift and it was a strong finish, but we’re a proud football club and have to do better.
“Michael did well, but has been isolating all week and so hasn’t been available for us in training, so it wasn’t possible for him to start.
“There were a lot of things I didn’t like about us overall and our decision making was erratic, so we have to go away and reflect.”
Charlton boss Johnnie Jackson felt his side got the result their performance warranted as the Addicks recorded a 2-1 triumph over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
“A big three points against a rival in the league, a team above us that we want to try and obviously catch so to close the gap is really important,” said Jackson. “The performance and the way that we’ve gone about our business to get that win is really pleasing. It will do my squad’s confidence the world of good.
“I felt the goal was coming when we did score. I thought we were the better team throughout the game really, but certainly in that first period we carried a massive threat on the counter-attack. I thought we should have had more goals.
“[Alex] Gilbey’s hit the post there,” added the boss. “We’ve been working a lot on him getting into those positions and trying to add goals to his game, so it’s great that he’s getting in those positions. He had another opportunity there in the first-half as well. I think we should have been further ahead, further out of sight. Even at two you are always one goal away from being a bit panicky.”
And Jackson has now called on his players to maintain those performance levels for the remainder of the campaign.
“We’ve had a really good week on the training ground with some really good preparation,” continued the gaffer. “It’s a big game and it’s always a great atmosphere here. A team that’s just above you in the table, it’s on the TV, it seems to always bring the best out of us in those sorts of games.
“It can’t be that we’re only able to raise our performance level for these types of games. It has to be every single week now if we want to do anything with the rest of this season, and I’ve told the lads that.
“I know they’re capable of it and it frustrates me when they dip off, but tonight they have all stepped up. Every single one of them – the lads who came on and the lads who didn’t rallied around them and we got what we deserved.”