NOTTINGHAM FOREST goalkeeper Brice Samba channelled his inner Jordan Pickford after having the opposition’s penalty takers taped to his water bottle.
The 28-year-old saved three spot-kicks in the shootout against Sheffield United to send the Reds into the Championship play-off final.
Steve Cooper’s side lost 2-1 on Tuesday night in the semi-final second leg to send the game to penalties.
But Samba did his homework on the Blades takers as a leaked picture of his water bottle showed which way he thought they would go.
The Congolese ace denied Ollie Norwood, Conor Hourihane and Morgan Gibbs-White from 12 yards out to set up a clash against Huddersfield at Wembley.
Everton star Pickford is known for the same trick having utilised it to great effect in England’s World Cup 2018 last-16 penalty shootout victory over Colombia.
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And he even repeated his bottle trick for the Euro 2020 final against Italy where he stopped two spot-kicks in the eventual shootout defeat.
Samba has followed Pickford in using the trick after a fan leaked an image of his water bottle on social media.
The user tweeted: “@samba_brice you are a genius.”
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Brice was quick to respond, as he quipped: “Give it back.”
Replying to his message, one fan remarked: “Man’s a genius. Good luck they didn’t see your bottle before the pens.”
To which Brice revealed: “It was hidden in a towel until I got to the post.”
Other Forest fans were quick to comment on Brice’s water bottle tactics, as one quipped: “We need to get it in the trophy cabinet next to the European Cup.”
Another stated: “Would make a brilliant auction piece.”
Meanwhile one remarked: “No wonder he went for a drink after every pen!”