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Play-Off Dream Ends For Forest

Posted on: Tue 11 May 2010

Nottingham Forest's dream of a trip to Wembley ended tonight with a 4-3 win by Blackpool which saw them win 6-4 on aggregate.

A hat-trick from DJ Campbell helped to give Blackpool their fourth win of the season against Forest, to give them a place in the play-off final.

Forest took the lead early in the first half to put the play-off back on level terms on aggregate. But, after some good football and early domination by Forest, Blackpool also created some good opportunities and looked dangerous at times.

Blackpool became the first side to score at Forest since early February when a goal put them back ahead on aggregate just before the hour mark. And in spite of a quick goal back by Forest, Blackpool took the Forest defence apart to put three more goals past Lee Camp before Forest got a late goal back.


It was an electric atmosphere in a packed City Ground before the game even started and Forest were quickly on the break although Radoslaw Majewski's effort a minute in went over the bar.

Brett Ormerod came close with a long-range volley which flew high over Lee Camp before dipping down and only just clearing the crossbar.

But Forest were ahead in the seventh minute after good work by Dexter Blackstock and Majewski, who crossed the ball from the left to Robert Earnshaw as he ran into the box to chip the ball inside the far post from 12 yards.

It hardly seemed possible for the noise level to increase, but it did, as the home fans got behind the team.

Earnshaw could have made it two when he escaped the offside flag and ran clear into the box but his shot wasn't good and it was deflected out for a corner.

Blackpool threatened on the break and Ormerod's diagonal ball to the far post was dealt with well by James Perch to put it out for a corner.

They came even closer when Charlie Adam sent a shot from 25 yards flying towards goal and Camp did well to get up and tip the ball over.

Chris Cohen tried a long shot for Forest but, although his effort sent Matt Gilks diving to his left, the ball went wide of the post.

Cohen and Blackstock combined well to create another effort in front of goal, but Blackstock's effort was weak and went straight to the keeper.

The Forest bench were angered after Blackstock made a break in stoppage time and was through on goal until he was pulled up by a dubious offside flag.

It looked like Forest had scored two minutes into the second half after Earnshaw picked up the through ball from Blackstock and went clear on goal, putting the ball into the back of the net, but a very late offside flag denied him the goal.

DJ Campbell put Blackpool back level just before the hour mark when he picked up the pass from Keith Southern on the right. Camp came half way out to meet the ball and when he briefly hesitated Campbell saw the chance to knock the ball past him and into the far corner of the net.

But it was game on again when Forest scored in the 66th minute from a cross by Chris Gunter on the right. Backstock battled for the ball with two Blackool players before the ball broke for Earnshaw who smashed it into the roof of the net from six yards out.

But Blackpool were soon back in front when substitute Stephen Dobbie's shot took a deflection off a Forest defender to give Camp no chance of making the save.

Forest were quick on the attack and a double save by Gilks with efforts by Blackstock and Earnshaw kept the away side in front on aggregate.

And they increased their lead when Perch lost the ball to allow Dobbie to lay it on for Campbell, who sent the ball flying past Camp from 12 yards out.

And it was game over after Dobbie's shot was saved by Camp and the rebound came out to Cambell, who could not miss from six yards out.

There was a consolation goal for Forest in stoppage time from substitute Dele Adebola who popped the ball into an empty net from close range.

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Wilson, Perch (McGoldrick 83min), McKenna(C) (Anderson 78min), Majewski, Cohen, Tyson, Blackstock (Adebola 78min), Earnshaw
Subs not used: Smith, Chambers, Boyd, McGugan
Bookings: Perch 32min
Scorers: Earnshaw 7min, 66min, Adebola 90+1min

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Southern, Evatt, Ormerod(Dobbie 69min), Vaughan,Taylor-Fetcher (Bannan 76min), Baptiste, DJ Campbell, Adam(C) (Edwards 90+3min), Coleman
Subs not used: Rachubka, Clarke, Burgess, Euell,
Bookings: Orrnerod 51min
Scorer: Campbell 56min 76min 80 min, Dobbie 72min

Referee: M Clattenburg

Attendance: 28,358 Away attn:1,925

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