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Posted Sat 17 Apr 10 at 17:48 PM

Pool Keep Up Play-Off Push

Two goals from DJ Campbell and one from Charlie Adam helped Blackpool keep the pressure on Swansea with a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

A crowd of 11,164 - the biggest at Bloomfield Road for 32 years - saw the Seasiders maintain a play-off push and leave Forest without a win away from the City Ground since early January.

An 84th minute stunner from Campbell prevented a nervous end to the game after Joe Garner had pulled a goal back when Pool were two goals to the good.

The visitors made several changes for the game with their place in the play-offs now assured. It meant that the Seasiders had to deal with the aerial presence of David McGoldrick and Dele Adebola up-top. Brett Ormerod was the only change for the home side.

Both sides started brightly without really making any clear-cut opportunities. The visitors were seeing a shade more of the ball in Pool's half but the back four were pretty stead. A 20th minute strike from David McGoldrick was the closest to an opener, his effort flying just past the post.

The game was well and truly brought to life on the half-hour though as Seamus Coleman was felled chasing down the ball in the box. The referee pointed to the spot for a foul by McGoldrick and CHARLIE ADAM stepped up to give the Seasiders the lead (32).

BLACKPOOL 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0

The strike from the Scot appeared to give the Seasiders a major lift but a last minute intervention from Stephen Crainey only just prevented the penalty culprit McGoldrick from levelling matters.

It had been a quite afternoon for the Blackpool front three of Gary Taylor-Fletcher, DJ Campbell and Brett Ormerod up until the goal, but a great defensive header from Luke Chambers stopped the latter from getting on the scoresheet to add a quickfire second.

HALF-TIME SCORE - BLACKPOOL 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0

The visitors had a great opportunity to equalise just after the interval on the back of a free-kick conceded by Charlie Adam. The resulting set-play found the head of Luke Chambers before landed straight into the arms of Matt Gilks.

It was a chance that would come back to haunt them minutes later when the Seasiders doubled their lead. Gary Taylor-Fletcher slotted the ball into the box for Stephen Crainey to cut back and allow DJ CAMPBELL to smash the ball into the back of the net via a deflection (54).

BLACKPOOL 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0

Seamus Coleman, fresh from extending his loan spell at Bloomfield Road, was in great attacking form once again and just flashed a left-footed effort past the post.

Nottingham Forest opted to call upon their regular strike force for a way back into the fixture, Dexter Blackstock and Robert Earnshaw. Dele Adebola and David McGoldrick were the players to depart.

The change appeared to have worked as Earnshaw won the free-kick that was to result in Forest pulling a goal back. Chris Cohen whipped a teasing ball into the box and Joe Garner found himself unmarked to head home (65).

BLACKPOOL 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1

The pressure was now mounting from the visitors with a succession of free-kicks but the Seasiders were defending in their numbers to maintain the lead and counter quickly.

An injury sustained to Joel Lynch saw Billy Davies throw on his third forward, Nathan Tyson, in an effort to find an equaliser. The striker's first touch resulted in a free-kick for the visitors and Charlie Adam's 14th yellow card of the season.

An acrobatic effort from Earnshaw came within inches of finding the net for Forest but it was yet another chance that they would come to count the cost of later.

A ball into the box from Gary Taylor-Fletcher was met with the sweetest of strikes from DJ CAMPBELL to make it three for the Seasiders and two for the striker (84).

BLACKPOOL 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1

The manager reacted by making his first two substitutions of the game following the goal, Jason Euell and Stephen Dobbie replacing Brett Ormerod and David Vaughan. The third then followed after a fine save from Matt Gilks to deny Robert Earnshaw as Barry Bannan came on for Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

A late attacking surge by Alex Baptiste deserved a goal but in the end two goals from DJ Campbell and one from Charlie Adam were enough to settle the fixture.

FULL-TIME SCORE - BLACKPOOL 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1

Attendance: 11,164 (2450 away)

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