Fans of Wigan Athletic or Ipswich Town must often wonder what could have been, had their teams decided to simply down tools during the darkest days in their respective Premier League histories.
For the Latics, that one dark day came back in November 2009, when Wigan went down 9-1 to Tottenham in a game that saw Jermain Defoe score five time.
Ipswich fans, meanwhile, may still be having nightmares about their infamous 9-0 loss to Manchester United from March 1995.
Still the heaviest defeat ever suffered by a top-flight team in the Premier League era, the game is also memorable for featuring five goals from Andy Cole with the Suffolk side seemingly giving up the ghost in the second half, conceding six goal of the nine goals after the break.
If only they could have done what Posavina did during their recent league encounter with fellow Bosnian third-tier outfit Sloga.
Thoroughly outclassed from the off against the league leaders, Posavina were already 7-0 down by half-time and, with Sloga continuing to press forward it looked almost certain that the hosts would go into double figures.
But, as the score edged up to 9-0, decided to take action, as sport1 reports.
All of sudden, players began dropping like flies, with the slightest touch – both real and fake – prompting lots of rolling about on the ground, some emergency aid from a nearby physio and the handy stretcher bearer.
The strategy did the trick, with the number of “injured” Posavina players eventually prompting the referee to call the game to a halt with a further 15 minutes to go.
Sore losers? Perhaps, but you have to admire their ingenuity. If only Ipswich or Wigan had had the same idea…
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.