Nottingham Forest faced an uphill battle from the early stages of the encounter, as Newcastle's Matt Ritchie saw a deflected free-kick get the better of goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic after just four minutes.
However, to many a Forest fan's surprise, as despite surrendering much of the game to the home side, a 29th minute equaliser arrived curtesy of a Nicolao Dumitru strike. As if the goal was a shock in itself, the scorer proved to prompt both derision and delight from the Forest faithful on social networking site Twitter.
Dumitru, the forward on loan from Napoli, had not scored this season - until his volley beat former Forest stopper Karl Darlow in the Newcastle goal.
Unfortunately for Forest, the equaliser was as good as it got, with Newcastle outshining the East Midlands club with both possession and shots on goal - although the catalyst for Newcastle's second and third goals seemed to belong to Matt Mills dismissal on the hour mark.
Mills was booked twice within the space of a minute to leave Forest with ten men for the remaining third of the match. Newcastle were eager to capitalise and ultimately succeeded thanks to two strikes from Dwight Gayle - the first coming just minutes after Mills saw red, and then Newcastle's number 9 converted game's final goal with ten minutes to spare.
Forest fans were not amused with Mills' antics and many made their views clear, in addition to a clear response of disbelief towards Dumitru's feat also.
Here's a taste of some of the Forest fan's tweets.
@josephpickard Listen, Dumitru scored. The space-time continuum has been disrupted, everythings up for grabs.— Pete Gibbins (@PeteRedDog) December 30, 2016
@FordeHaveMercy can't believe Dumitru was even in the squad , he's woeful— Rob Churchill (@NFFC_FanGroup) December 30, 2016
Dumitru has acored and he has triggered the end of the world ... Been nice knowing you all— Greg (@gregnffcwatson) December 30, 2016
Has anyone outside of Newcastle witnessed the Dumitru goal for #nffc, its conspiracy and the jokes on us there is no way he's scored— Mathew Singleton (@Matsin) December 30, 2016
Dumitru has scored!!!..... pic.twitter.com/NyIphSkMWu— ✝️ Simon Holbrook ✝️ (@SBH1978) December 30, 2016
Dumitru gets my hopes up and Matt Mills destroys them— Claire (@LilMissRedDog) December 30, 2016
Sick of certain players ruining games through lack of discipline Lost our momentum, concede immediately & ruined Dumitru's goal #nffc— Lucy Kenyon (@lucy_kenyon) December 30, 2016
Matt Mills should never play for Forest again. Getting sent off for arguing shows a distinct lack of discipline and professionalism #nffc— SteveC (@s831) December 30, 2016
Hey Matt Mills, you owe 2,200 odd fans who travelled 100s of miles to support you the price of their ticket. #NFFC— London Trickies (@LondonTrickies) December 30, 2016
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