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Nott'm Forest   3 - 4   Blackpool (agg 4 - 6)

Nottingham Forest v Blackpool

Nottm Forest 3-4 Blackpool (agg 4-6)

By Paul Fletcher
BBC Sport at the City Ground

DJ Campbell scored a dramatic second-half hat-trick as Blackpool sealed their place in the Championship play-off final with a devastating display of counter-attacking football at Nottingham Forest.

Blackpool twice came from behind to defeat a Forest side that had been unbeaten in 20 home games and had not conceded at the City Ground in more than 12 hours.

The last team to win at Forest had been Blackpool, who have now beaten Billy Davies' team in all four meetings this season and are just 90 minutes from returning to the top flight of English football for the first time since 1971.

Davies indicated after his team lost Saturday's first-leg tie 2-1 that he expected a strong performance at home - and when Robert Earnshaw struck early for Forest that appeared to be on the cards.

But Campbell's deft strike after the break levelled and despite Earshaw smashing another for Forest, Pool struck three in seven devastating minutes to seal victory.

Substitute Stephen Dobbie had a hand in all three, scoring with a deflected strike after 72 minutes before creating an opening Campbell converted and then seeing his strike parried for the Tangerines' red-hot striker to complete his hat-trick.

Dele Adebola struck a close-range consolation but Blackpool took a 6-4 aggregate victory as Ian Holloway's team continued a scintillating run of form that had seen them win seven of their previous nine games.

There was little sign of the second-half drama when Forest's bright start to the game was rewarded when Earnshaw put them in front.

Alex Baptiste should have dealt with Radoslaw Majewski's through ball but it was allowed to reach the Wales international, who struck it across Matt Gilks and into the bottom corner.

A looping through ball shortly afterwards found Earnshaw onside once again but this time Baptise manage to block the striker's effort, while Chris Cohen narrowly missed with a low strike and Dexter Blackstock ended a jinking, penetrating run with a weak strike.

Forest looked to have a grip on the contest and Holloway could be seen imploring his players to play higher up the pitch.

But although Blackpool struggled to build any sustained first-half pressure, they looked to deliver troubling crosses into the Forest box whenever possible and certainly appeared to have drawn some of Forest's sting by the break.

PAUL FLETCHER'S BLOG

They also came agonisingly close to an equaliser when the inspirational Charlie Adam drew an amazing fingertip save from Lee Camp with a savage long-range strike that looked destined to find the top corner.

The Forest bench had been frustrated on the stroke of half-time when a touch-and-go offside decision denied Blackstock a clean run at goal.

And they were incensed when Earnshaw had the ball in the net shortly after the restart only to be foiled once again by the offside flag, although replays suggested the decision was correct.

A scrappy period of play followed but that came to an abrupt end when Campbell struck, superbly lifting the ball beyond Camp after collecting Adam's through ball.

There was an understandable new-found urgency to Forest's play and their desperation was clear to see when Earnshaw imploringly appealed for a penalty after a 20-yard strike from the striker was blocked by Baptiste.

Frustration turned to celebration after 66 minutes when Earnshaw buried his six-yard strike into the roof of the net after Blackstock nudged a cross from the right-hand side into his path.

An increasingly dramatic match turned in Blackpool's favour once again when Dobbie's long-range strike took a wicked deflection and left Camp powerless, levelling the scores at 2-2 and putting the Tangerines 3-2 ahead on aggregate.

Forest almost immediately replied but Gilks denied Blackstock's six-yard poke and saved Earnshaw's follow-up with his legs.

The tie took a decisive turn when Dobbie continued his impressive cameo by exchanging passes with Campbell, who struck the ball beyond Camp with a curling strike.

And after Camp could only parry a strike from Dobbie, Campbell tapped home the rebound to complete his hat-trick and seal Blackpool's place in the play-off final at Wembley.

Campbell almost scored a fourth but his strike crashed off the crossbar, while Adebola's close-range finish was nothing more than a consolation for a Forest team that will have to try again next season.


Blackpool manager Ian Holloway:
"I am very proud."

"We knew it would be tough and I didn't know if we would have the answers to the questions they asked.

"I said it would have to be the best we have ever played if we were to do it - and I think it was the best we have ever played."

"We are still learning and still evolving but we have achieved something mega.

"We are within 90 minutes of playing in the Premier League and that is unbelievable."

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies:
"In big games you have to be confident enough to get on the ball and show composure and bravery and an arrogance second to none, but we didn't do that tonight.

"Credit to Blackpool, they handled it better than we did. We had too many players freeze on the night.

"These young players froze on the night. Young players that have been outstanding all season and who did great to finish third - it was just too much tonight.

"But don't take anything away from Blackpool, they deserved it and I wish them all the best in the final. I hope they win it."

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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Nott'm Forest 3-4 Blackpool FT
(HT 1-0)(agg 4-6)
  • Earnshaw 7
  • Earnshaw 66
  • Adebola 90+2
  • Campbell 56
  • Dobbie 72
  • Campbell 76
  • Campbell 79

Nott'm Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 02 Perch yellow card (McGoldrick 82)
  • 05 Morgan
  • 06 Wilson
  • 16 Gunter
  • 15 Cohen
  • 18 McKenna (Anderson 78)
  • 28 Majewski
  • 10 Earnshaw
  • 11 Tyson
  • 23 Blackstock (Adebola 78)

Substitutes

  • 21 Smith,
  • 04 Chambers,
  • 07 Anderson,
  • 08 McGugan,
  • 09 Adebola,
  • 17 McGoldrick,
  • 20 Boyd

Blackpool

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 28,358
NOTT'M FOREST
BLACKPOOL

Possession

  • Nott'm Forest 52%
  • Blackpool 48%

Attempts on target

  • Nott'm Forest 8
  • Blackpool 7

Attempts off target

  • Nott'm Forest 6
  • Blackpool 4

Corners

  • Nott'm Forest 4
  • Blackpool 4

Fouls

  • Nott'm Forest 10
  • Blackpool 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:21 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+3:08 Substitution Charlie Adam goes off and Rob Edwards comes on.
  • 90:00+2:17 Paul Anderson sends in a cross, Header on goal by Dele Adebola from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 90:00+1:02 GOAL - Dele AdebolaNott'm Forest 3 - 4 Blackpool Dele Adebola finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Nottm Forest 3 (4)-(6) 4 Blackpool.
  • 90:00+0:30 Dudley Campbell takes a shot.
  • 89:37 Nathan Tyson challenges David Vaughan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
  • 88:01 Paul Anderson produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 87:15 Paul Anderson sends in a cross, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Chris Cohen, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
  • 84:46 David McGoldrick takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 84:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dele Adebola by Keith Southern. Direct free kick taken by Chris Cohen.
  • 83:36 Drilled right-footed shot by Charlie Adam. Chris Cohen gets a block in. Charlie Adam decides to take the corner short.
  • 82:54 Radoslaw Majewski has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 82:00 Substitution (Nottm Forest) makes a substitution, with David McGoldrick coming on for James Perch.
  • 78:45 GOAL - Dudley CampbellNott'm Forest 2 - 4 Blackpool Dudley Campbell gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Nottm Forest 2 (3)-(6) 4 Blackpool.
  • 78:06 Foul by Radoslaw Majewski on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 77:09 Substitution Paul Anderson comes on in place of Paul McKenna.
  • 77:09 Substitution (Nottm Forest) makes a substitution, with Dele Adebola coming on for Dexter Blackstock.
  • 76:05 Substitution Ben Burgess on for Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 75:07 Assist on the goal came from Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 75:07 GOAL - Dudley CampbellNott'm Forest 2 - 3 Blackpool Dudley Campbell fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 2 (3)-(5) 3 Blackpool.
  • 73:39 Foul by Radoslaw Majewski on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
  • 73:08 Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks. Robert Earnshaw takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.
  • 71:28 Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided the assist for the goal.
  • 71:28 GOAL - Stephen DobbieNott'm Forest 2 - 2 Blackpool Stephen Dobbie finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 2 (3)-(4) 2 Blackpool.
  • 68:17 Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Stephen Dobbie coming on for Brett Ormerod.
  • 66:39 The assistant referee flags for offside against Brett Ormerod. Kelvin Wilson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 65:10 GOAL - Robert EarnshawNott'm Forest 2 - 1 Blackpool Robert Earnshaw finds the net with a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 2 (3)-(3) 1 Blackpool.
  • 63:18 Robert Earnshaw takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Baptiste. Chris Cohen takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Header on goal by Dexter Blackstock from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 62:20 The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, Keith Southern takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.
  • 61:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Southern by Radoslaw Majewski. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
  • 60:48 Seamus Coleman challenges Nathan Tyson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:02 The ball is sent over by Nathan Tyson, Matthew Gilks makes a save.
  • 58:03 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Radoslaw Majewski from the left by-line, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
  • 55:25 Assist on the goal came from Keith Southern.
  • 55:25 GOAL - Dudley CampbellNott'm Forest 1 - 1 Blackpool Dudley Campbell finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Nottm Forest 1 (2)-(3) 1 Blackpool.
  • 54:24 Nathan Tyson crosses the ball.
  • 49:50 Free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson. Chris Gunter fouled by Stephen Crainey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Cohen.
  • 49:50 Booking Brett Ormerod booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 49:47 Foul by Brett Ormerod on James Perch, free kick awarded.
  • 48:31 Shot by David Vaughan from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
  • 46:15 Robert Earnshaw is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:22 Centre by Seamus Coleman.
  • 45:15 Brett Ormerod sends in a cross.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:19 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+1:52 David Vaughan challenges Paul McKenna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kelvin Wilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:37 The offside flag is raised against Dexter Blackstock. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 39:04 The referee gives a free kick against Alex Baptiste for handball. Chris Cohen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 37:28 Centre by Seamus Coleman, save by Lee Camp.
  • 36:45 Radoslaw Majewski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
  • 35:56 The ball is crossed by David Vaughan, clearance made by Wes Morgan.
  • 35:11 Chris Gunter fouled by Brett Ormerod, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Gunter.
  • 33:27 Chris Cohen delivers the ball, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.
  • 30:57 Charlie Adam delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
  • 30:57 Booking Booking for James Perch for unsporting behaviour.
  • 30:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan by James Perch.
  • 30:21 Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 29:27 Robert Earnshaw is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ian Evatt restarts play with the free kick.
  • 28:54 David Vaughan delivers the ball, save made by Lee Camp.
  • 28:07 Chris Cohen has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
  • 27:00 A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey, blocked by Chris Gunter.
  • 25:35 Shot from 25 yards by Charlie Adam. Save by Lee Camp. Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 21:43 The ball is sent over by Brett Ormerod, clearance made by James Perch. Charlie Adam takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Paul McKenna.
  • 19:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Morgan by Keith Southern. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:55 Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Kelvin Wilson, free kick awarded. Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.
  • 17:33 Gary Taylor-Fletcher fouled by Wes Morgan, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Charlie Adam from the free kick.
  • 16:23 The ball is delivered by Chris Cohen.
  • 14:55 The ball is delivered by Nathan Tyson, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.
  • 13:04 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen played to the near post, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 11:15 Corner taken by David Vaughan.
  • 10:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Robert Earnshaw. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
  • 8:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Crainey by Radoslaw Majewski. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
  • 6:42 Assist on the goal came from Radoslaw Majewski.
  • 6:42 GOAL - Robert EarnshawNott'm Forest 1 - 0 Blackpool Robert Earnshaw finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 1 (2)-(2) 0 Blackpool.
  • 5:56 Effort from just outside the area by Brett Ormerod goes over the target.
  • 4:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Radoslaw Majewski on Charlie Adam. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 1:09 Shot on goal by Radoslaw Majewski from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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