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Blackpool   2 - 1   Nottm Forest

Blackpool players celebrate after their 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest

Blackpool 2-1 Nott'm Forest

Blackpool came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest at Bloomfield Road and earn the advantage after the first leg of their Championship play-off.

Chris Cohen put the visitors ahead with a sublime curler but Keith Southern turned in Ian Evatt's cross to level.

Dexter Blackstock headed against the bar and Stephen Crainey twice cleared off the line as Forest poured forward.

But Charlie Adam won it for Blackpool from the penalty spot after James Perch had brought down DJ Campbell.

Campbell , who had been a major doubt for the match, might have given Blackpool a two-goal lead to take into Tuesday's second leg at the City Ground but the striker shot high and wide from a good position inside the box.

That was with 20 minutes remaining, and it would not have flattered the hosts after they shook off a poor start to claw their way back into the contest and dominate the second half.

However, the Seasiders needed a top-class save from keeper Matt Gilks, who turned Cohen's drive around the post in the last minute, to maintain their lead.

606: DEBATE
Forest's Red Mist

As it is, the tie remains finely poised - and it is impossible to pick a winner between two sides who produced an incredibly open first leg.

Forest went into the game as favourites, having finished third in the Championship, nine points above sixth-placed Blackpool and having had the chance to rest players last weekend while the Seasiders had been fighting for the point they needed to clinch their play-off place.

Consequently Forest started the brighter, having made eight changes to their starting line-up, including the return of skipper Paul McKenna who had been out with a knee injury since early March.

And they took the lead after 13 minutes in some style, Cohen using the outside of his left boot to curl a shot into the top corner.

It was a deserved lead but might have lasted only a minute had Campbell not hesitated in the box and squandered an opportunity to hit straight back.

But only seven minutes later, the hosts pulled themselves back on level terms.

Seamus Coleman drove across the pitch from the right wing and laid the ball off for Evatt, whose cross took a deflection and fell nicely for Southern to finish from six yards.

The equaliser served to sting Forest into a renewed assault on the Blackpool goal and they were desperately unlucky not to regain the lead.

From Paul Anderson's cross Blackstock headed against the bar and Nathan Tyson volleyed the follow-up over.

Then Crainey cleared off the line twice, first from a Wes Morgan drive and then from a header.

After the break Blackpool served notice of their attacking intentions when Brett Ormerod had a shot blocked and then almost got his head to the resultant corner.

The intensity of the match was turned up a notch when Blackstock and Coleman clashed - both were booked. Hardly surprising that tempers would fray in a match of such magnitude, and there was a total of eight cautions in the game.

Blackpool were the first to react constructively after the flare-up when, four minutes later, they won a penalty after Perch fouled Campbell.

Adam stepped up to coolly dispatch the spot-kick, for his 18th goal of the season.

As the match swung from end to end, Blackstock saw a header drift wide and Campbell lofted a shot over the bar.

Substitute Ben Burgess almost grabbed a third goal for the home side with a shot that whistled past the post.

The final chance of the game fell to Cohen, and he almost restored parity but Gilks produced a stunning save to parry the drive wide.

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Saturday, 8 May 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackpool 2-1 Nottm Forest FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Southern 26
  • Adam (pen) 57
  • Cohen 13

Blackpool

  • 21 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 06 Evatt yellow card
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 31 Coleman yellow card
  • 04 Southern
  • 11 Vaughan yellow card
  • 26 Adam
  • 10 Ormerod (Dobbie 82)
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher (Burgess 79)
  • 19 Campbell (Bannan 82)

Substitutes

  • 01 Rachubka,
  • 24 Edwards,
  • 29 Bannan,
  • 07 Clarke,
  • 09 Burgess,
  • 18 Euell,
  • 33 Dobbie

Nottm Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 02 Perch yellow card
  • 05 Morgan
  • 06 Wilson
  • 16 Gunter yellow card
  • 07 Anderson
  • 15 Cohen
  • 18 McKenna yellow card
  • 28 Majewski (McGoldrick 78)
  • 11 Tyson (McGugan 90)
  • 23 Blackstock yellow card (Earnshaw 78 yellow card)

Substitutes

  • 21 Smith,
  • 04 Chambers,
  • 08 McGugan,
  • 10 Earnshaw,
  • 14 Garner,
  • 17 McGoldrick,
  • 20 Boyd
Ref: DowdAtt: 11,805
BLACKPOOL
NOTTM FOREST

Possession

  • Blackpool 52%
  • Nottm Forest 48%

Attempts on target

  • Blackpool 5
  • Nottm Forest 5

Attempts off target

  • Blackpool 6
  • Nottm Forest 8

Corners

  • Blackpool 5
  • Nottm Forest 4

Fouls

  • Blackpool 13
  • Nottm Forest 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:57 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+4:54 Chris Cohen has an effort at goal. Matthew Gilks makes a brilliant save. Chris Cohen takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
  • 88:18 Substitution Lewis McGugan is brought on as a substitute for Nathan Tyson.
  • 88:18 Charlie Adam produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 88:18 Booking The referee shows Robert Earnshaw a yellow card.
  • 87:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan by Robert Earnshaw.
  • 85:26 David McGoldrick sends in a cross.
  • 84:53 Chris Cohen crosses the ball, clearance by Ian Evatt.
  • 84:01 The referee blows for offside against David McGoldrick. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
  • 82:15 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Blocked by James Perch. Ben Burgess produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 80:55 Substitution Dudley Campbell leaves the field to be replaced by Barry Bannan.
  • 80:55 Substitution Stephen Dobbie is brought on as a substitute for Brett Ormerod.
  • 80:55 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Vaughan played to the near post, Header from close in by Ian Evatt misses to the right of the target.
  • 79:43 David Vaughan sends in a cross, Chris Gunter makes a clearance.
  • 78:28 A cross is delivered by David McGoldrick, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 78:28 Substitution Gary Taylor-Fletcher leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Burgess.
  • 75:42 Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.
  • 75:42 Substitution David McGoldrick is brought on as a substitute for Radoslaw Majewski.
  • 75:42 Substitution Robert Earnshaw is brought on as a substitute for Dexter Blackstock.
  • 75:42 Gary Taylor-Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Wilson.
  • 74:59 Unfair challenge on Chris Gunter by Brett Ormerod results in a free kick. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.
  • 74:12 Booking Chris Gunter booked for dissent.
  • 73:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Kelvin Wilson. Charlie Adam has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 70:41 Radoslaw Majewski crosses the ball, Shot by Dexter Blackstock from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 70:41 Booking David Vaughan is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 70:29 Unfair challenge on Radoslaw Majewski by David Vaughan results in a free kick.
  • 68:41 Effort on goal by Dudley Campbell from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 67:57 Nathan Tyson crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Dexter Blackstock misses to the left of the goal.
  • 67:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Radoslaw Majewski by Stephen Crainey. Free kick crossed by Chris Cohen, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
  • 66:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan by Radoslaw Majewski. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:09 Centre by Chris Cohen, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.
  • 63:55 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Adam from left channel.
  • 63:55 Booking Caution for Paul McKenna.
  • 63:46 Foul by Paul McKenna on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded.
  • 62:55 Paul Anderson takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Baptiste.
  • 61:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Cohen on Keith Southern. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Adam from right wing, save made by Lee Camp.
  • 60:40 Ian Evatt produces a cross, Keith Southern takes a shot. Blocked by Paul McKenna. Foul by Seamus Coleman on Dexter Blackstock, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.
  • 59:37 Charlie Adam produces a cross.
  • 58:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dexter Blackstock by Ian Evatt. Chris Cohen produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 57:45 Keith Southern gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dexter Blackstock. Free kick taken by Dexter Blackstock.
  • 57:31 Assist by Dudley Campbell.
  • 56:52 GOAL - Charlie AdamBlackpool 2 - 1 Nottm Forest Placed penalty scored by Charlie Adam. Blackpool 2-1 Nottm Forest.
  • 56:09 Booking James Perch goes into the book.
  • 55:29 Dudley Campbell fouled by James Perch, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 53:29 Booking Seamus Coleman is given a yellow card.
  • 53:19 Booking Dexter Blackstock is cautioned.
  • 50:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Perch by Dudley Campbell. Lee Camp takes the free kick.
  • 49:44 A cross is delivered by Brett Ormerod.
  • 48:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Southern by Dexter Blackstock. Direct free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.
  • 47:58 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Vaughan.
  • 47:52 Brett Ormerod produces a cross, Wes Morgan makes a clearance.
  • 46:35 Foul by Paul Anderson on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 45:21 Gary Taylor-Fletcher fouled by Paul Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Gilks takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:20 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+2:33 Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Cohen, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+1:50 The ball is swung over by Paul Anderson, blocked by Seamus Coleman. Inswinging corner taken by Radoslaw Majewski from the left by-line played to the near post, Wes Morgan takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Crainey.
  • 44:55 A cross is delivered by Chris Cohen. The offside flag is raised against Nathan Tyson. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
  • 44:32 Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Crainey.
  • 42:47 Foul by Dexter Blackstock on Matthew Gilks, free kick awarded. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
  • 39:45 Stephen Crainey crosses the ball, clearance by Chris Gunter.
  • 37:15 Dexter Blackstock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Crainey. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:03 Nathan Tyson fouled by Stephen Crainey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.
  • 33:14 Foul by Paul McKenna on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 32:16 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Cohen, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance. Radoslaw Majewski crosses the ball.
  • 30:24 The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.
  • 29:34 Effort from the edge of the area by Paul Anderson goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 28:17 Dexter Blackstock is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 26:59 Paul Anderson produces a cross, Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Effort on goal by Nathan Tyson from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 25:07 Assist by Ian Evatt.
  • 25:07 GOAL - Keith SouthernBlackpool 1 - 1 Nottm Forest Keith Southern grabs a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-1 Nottm Forest.
  • 24:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Southern by Chris Cohen. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 21:43 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Vaughan played to the near post, save by Lee Camp.
  • 21:35 Stephen Crainey sends in a cross, Kelvin Wilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 21:29 Seamus Coleman crosses the ball.
  • 20:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Wes Morgan. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam, Paul McKenna makes a clearance.
  • 18:24 Chris Cohen delivers the ball.
  • 16:32 David Vaughan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Radoslaw Majewski. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Cohen.
  • 15:55 Gary Taylor-Fletcher produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 15:14 Nathan Tyson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 14:52 Paul Anderson produces a cross, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
  • 13:56 Dexter Blackstock is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:35 GOAL - Chris CohenBlackpool 0 - 1 Nottm Forest Goal scored by Chris Cohen from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Nottm Forest.
  • 8:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Baptiste by Dexter Blackstock. Free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.
  • 7:56 Corner from the left by-line taken by David Vaughan, Effort on goal by Dudley Campbell from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 7:31 David Vaughan takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Paul McKenna.
  • 6:43 Foul by Wes Morgan on Brett Ormerod, free kick awarded. A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, Brett Ormerod takes a shot. James Perch gets a block in.
  • 5:22 Free kick taken by Wes Morgan.
  • 5:22 Booking The referee books Ian Evatt for unsporting behaviour.
  • 5:06 Ian Evatt concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Tyson.
  • 4:28 Radoslaw Majewski concedes a free kick for a foul on Dudley Campbell. Free kick crossed right-footed by Charlie Adam from right channel, save made by Lee Camp.
  • 3:53 Shot by Nathan Tyson from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 3:16 The ball is sent over by Paul Anderson.
  • 2:58 The ball is crossed by Paul McKenna, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance. The ball is delivered by James Perch, clearance made by Seamus Coleman.
  • 2:09 Unfair challenge on Dexter Blackstock by Ian Evatt results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wes Morgan.
  • 0:41 Brett Ormerod gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Cohen. Kelvin Wilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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