To nick a goal
This phrase was used in the First Division play-off final this weekend when Millwall defeated Bradford City 1-0 at Wembley to qualify for next season’s Championship – the London side were promoted to the second tier. Their striker nicked a goal at the end to win the game. The idea behind this phrase is that maybe the goal came against the run of play and possibly this is due to the fact that ‘nick something‘ is slang for stealing something. So, for example, the team defended all game and then nicked a goal at the end from a set piece. On some occasions the phrase will use a K at the start of the word (see example below) but usually it is spelled with an N at the start: To nick a goal.
- Bale was happy that Wales were able ‘to knick a goal‘ from the game. (www.goal.com)