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Posted Sat 19 Sep 09 at 16:54 PM

Full Time Report From Nottingham Forest

One of the best ever Only Fools and Horses episodes was the Christmas special in 1989, "The Jolly Boys Outing", whilst the Pool team coach driver didn't overdo it in the hotel bar on Friday night, the sight of black smoke bellowing from the engine at the back of the coach on the banks of the River Trent and the Pool players disembarking at a rate of knots brought back memories of the classic sitcom.

It certainly was a "Jolly Boys Outing" for the 923 travelling Pool fans who witnessed yet another fine performance and more importantly Pool's first away win of the season.

Having not suffered any ill effects from smoke inhalation an unchanged Pool side took to the field against a Forest side whose contained Robert Earnshaw, Nathan Tyson and David McGoldrick.

Pool began the game brightly and Keith Southern's raking diagonal ball towards Hameur Bouazza saw Pool earn the games first corner when Welsh international Chris Gunter was forced to head behind, unfortunately for the Seasiders, the resulting set play failed to test the Forest defence.

Hameur Bouazza was again Pool's main outlet and his cross come shot on 11 minutes almost found Keith Southern, but the ball whistled just in front of the midfielder and out for a goal kick.

Forest's best chance of the opening exchanges came on 15 minutes when Chris Cohen headed straight at Paul Rachubka following a great cross from Nathan Tyson, less than a minute Robert Earnshaw replicated Cohen's act, this time getting on the end of a teasing cross from Chris Gunter.

A defensive mix up between Paul Rachubka and Ian Evatt almost gifted Forest an opener on 18 minutes, the pair left the ball for each other

Rachubka made amends a minute later when he denied Nathan Tyson who had been sent scampering clear by a great ball from Robert Earnshaw.

Having weathered that storm, Pool took the lead through CHARLIE ADAM, the midfield maestro showed a great deal of strength and excellent technique to shrug off a number of challenges as he waltzed his way through the Forest defence before calming slotting past Lee Camp.

Pool survived a penalty appeal on 26 minutes when Chris Cohen's cross was blocked by Stephen Crainey, referee Andy Penn waved away the protests and Pool countered with Charlie Adam drilling a shot just wide from 25 yards.

Chris Cohen was a constant threat for the hosts down their right wing and on 32 minutes the former Yeovil man found Tyson with another great ball, fortunately Neal Eardley was on hand to block Tyson's cross behind for a corner.

Forest squandered a great chance to get back on level terms six minutes before the break, with the Pool defence appealing for offside two Forest players found themselves through on goal, Paul Rachuka did exceptionally well to block the first effort, the ball fell out to Earnshaw who saw his shot blocked on the line by Baptiste, a scramble ensued and Pool were grateful to see the ball hoofed clear.

Ian Evatt was forced to give way two minutes later, the big defender looked to have suffered a hamstring injury and after receiving treatment from Phil Horner, Evatt made way with Rob Edwards slotting in alongside Alex Baptiste in the heart of the Pool defence.

In the first minute of stoppage time, Pool found themselves with a four on three situation with the Forest defence, Keith Southern found Hameur Bouazza unmarked on the left, Bouazza cut into the area butsaw his shot blocked by a last ditch challenge from Luke Chambers.

Half Time Nottingham Forest 0 Blackpool 1

Pool began the second period brightly and should have doubled their lead on 48 minutes when Jason Euell found himself through on goal but the front man who netted on Wednesday night saw his finish turned behind for a corner.

Stephen Crainey fired a free kick from 25 yards well over after Charlie Adam's surging run had been brought to an abrupt end by Guy Moussi.

Hameur Bouazza drilled one wide on 56 minutes whilst Pool were indebted to a great defensive header from David Vaughan moments later.

Rob Earnshaw missed a glorious opportunity to put the hosts back on level terms on 61 minutes, the Welshman was found unmarked at the far post but the former Cardiff man could only direct his tame header straight at Paul Rachubka.

Pool made their second change of the afternoon on 65 minutes when Jay Emmanel-Thomas replaced Hameur Bouazza.

Emmanuel-Thomas' first job was to join the Pool defence who were defending a corner, this time it was Stephen Crainey who cleared the danger/

Forest made their first change on 66 minutes when Dexter Blackstock replaced Buy Moussi.

Brett Ormerod playing against one of his former clubs fired over on 70 minutes that was to be Ormerod's last taste of the action three minutes later he made way for Billy Clarke

Forest also made a double change with Dele Adebola and Lewis McGugan replacing Robert Earnshaw and David McGoldrick.

Forest threw everything at Pool in search of an equlaiser, but the Seasiders defence stood firm and at the end Keith Southern almost nicked a second but was denied by Lee Camp

Pool: Rachubka, Eardley, Baptiste, Evatt (Edwards 39), Crainey, Southern, Adam, Vaughan, Ormerod (Clarke 73), Euell, Bouazza (Emmanuel-Thomas 65) Subs Not Used: Gilks, Martin, Bangura

Attendance: 23,487 (923 Pool)

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