Jack Grealish marked his home debut with a goal on Saturday afternoon, helping Manchester City hammer Norwich City 5-0 to secure their first Premier League win of the season.
Signed from Aston Villa earlier this month, Grealish netted his first City goal to claim his side’s second of the afternoon when the ball bounced off him and into the back of the net.
In truth, the England international knew little about it when Gabriel Jesus’ cross from the right flank somehow landed at him, but the ball bounced off the top of his leg and rolled over the line, ensuring City built on their opener which came via a Tim Krul own-goal.
Grealish’s first goal for City prompted an immediate response from Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, who took to social media to congratulate the former Villa man.
Writing on Twitter, Lineker said: “And @JackGrealish scores his first goal for @ManCity. Well played,” along with a clapping emoji.
However, one Twitter user was seemingly unimpressed by Lineker’s decision to praise Grealish for netting his first goal for the club, replying to him to imply that luck had favoured him.
The Twitter user replied to Lineker saying: “Hardly scored lol. Ball bounced off him.”
Just a minute later, Lineker responded, just in a way that you would expect a former striker to do, highlighting that all goals count the same, regardless of how the ball hit the back of the net.
Lineker said: “I think you’ll find that it counts the same as a 30-yard rocket. Proper goal.”
After Grealish had doubled Pep Guardiola’s side lead, City continued to make light work of the Premier League newcomers, scoring three times in the second half through Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez.
Whilst City would be expected, with respect, to beat a side like Norwich at home, it was an emphatic performance from the Blues and one that showed they had quickly recovered from last weekend’s opening day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
After Sterling had netted the fourth of the afternoon, Lineker took to Twitter again to react to City’s impressing haul of goals.
He posted: “Think @ManCity’s crisis might be over.”
Having got their first three points of the season on the board, City will now be looking forward to taking on Arsenal next Saturday lunchtime, also at the Etihad Stadium.
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