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Posted Wed 12 May 10 at 13:55 PM

POOL RETURN TO WEMBLEY

Pack the drum, the shirt, the wigs and everything tangerine you can find - Blackpool are on the way to Wembley again!

An exhilarating second-half super show saw DJ Campbell grab a hat-trick as the Seasiders put Nottingham Forest to the sword in an amazing night at the City Ground.

Finding themselves a goal down after just seven minutes and pegged back on aggregate, Pool responded in stunning fashion to score four goals, despite Forest adding a further two.

Goals from DJ Campbell (3) and Stephen Dobbie sealed an emphatic 4-3 victory and an aggregate score of 6-4 over two legs.

Forest, backed by a vociferous crowd, had the first opportunity of the match when Radoslaw Majewski cut inside before firing over.

The Seasiders, as expected, were having to soak up plenty of pressure in the opening exchanges as they aimed to maintain the advantage.

Brett Ormerod nearly increased the aggregate lead with a sweetly struck half-volley following a great knock back from Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

The home side then charged forward and levelled the tie through Rob Earnshaw, the Welsh striker breaking clear in the box to fire low in the bottom corner after Majewski's pass had beaten Alex Baptiste (7).

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 BLACKPOOL 0 (2-2 ON AGGREGATE)

The players had said on the back of Saturday's first leg victory that they would need a goal at the City Ground and that was now definitely the case.

A great last-ditch tackle from Baptiste denied Earnshaw from grabbing a second moments after, the centre-back timed his lunge to perfection just as the striker was set to pull the trigger when clean through.

Charlie Adam flashed a free-kick wide as Pool looked to restore the advantage and level things on the night. The Seasiders were starting to see more of the ball as the half progressed and came agonisingly close to scoring through Adam when he unleashed a ferocious effort from all of 25-yards that Lee Camp just got an outstretched finger to.

Chris Cohen then came within a whisker of making it two for Forest as the game once again became stretched. Dexter Blackstock then twisted and turned his way into the box before firing straight into the arms of Matt Gilks.

The Seasiders had now started to retain the ball better and were playing inside Forest's half for large periods - topping 65 per cent possession by the time the half-time whistle blew.

HALF-TIME SCORE - NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 BLACKPOOL 0 (2-2 ON AGGREGATE)

The game restarted with Earsnhaw having an early strike disallowed for offside as both sides looked to step up the pace. David Vaughan then tried from distance for Blackpool.

Fans in the City Ground had started to get a little nervy and those nerves increased when DJ CAMPBELL latched on to a Gary Taylor-Fletcher pass to neatly dink the ball over the advancing Lee Camp to put Blackpool back in control (56).

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 BLACKPOOL 1 (POOL LEAD 3-2 ON AGGREGATE)

Pool were now leading 3-2 on aggregate and had plenty of space to manoeuvre in the middle of the park as the game opened further.

Another great block from Alex Baptiste to prevent Rob Earnshaw again proved vital as the striker was eyeing up an equaliser. The goal for Forest was to come minutes later though as Earnshaw smashed the ball in from eight-yards out to restore a lead on the night and level the aggregate score once again (66).

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 BLACKPOOL 1 (3-3 ON AGGREGATE)

The Seasiders responded by making their first substitution of the evening, Stephen Dobbie coming on for Brett Ormerod. His impact was immediate.

Blackpool took the aggregate lead again in what was fast becoming a ding-dong battle when STEPHEN DOBBIE rifled in via a deflection off Chris Cohen following a neat lay-off from David Vaughan (72).

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 BLACKPOOL 2 (POOL LEAD 4-3 ON AGGREGATE)

Matt Gilks was then forced to pull off a fine save when Dexter Blackstock looked odds-on to score from six-yards out. Pool's keeper denied the striker with his feet and then reacted quickly to save from Rob Earnshaw.

The saves proved vital as Blackpool pushed forward yet again and scored the goal of the night after some fine work by David Vaughan and DJ Campbell. The former played a one-two with the striker before neatly returning the favour once again to allow DJ CAMPBELL to increase the advantage (76).

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 BLACKPOOL 3 (POOL LEAD 5-3 ON AGGREGATE)

It was now part time at the City Ground as the champagne football continued to flow, super-sub Stephen Dobbie was denied a second by Lee Camp only for DJ CAMPBELL to react quickest to seal his hat-trick (79).

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 BLACKPOOL 4 (POOL LEAD 6-3 ON AGGREGATE)

The scenes of jubilation that greeted the goal were extraordinary as the realisation that Wembley beckoned once again started to sink in.

The Seasiders continued to play in the same fashion - DJ Campbell coming close to a fourth when hitting the bar - and finished four minutes of added time to start the biggest party that Blackpool has seen for quite some time, despite a late consolation from Dele Adebola (90+1)

FINAL SCORE - NOTTINGHAM FOREST 3 BLACKPOOL 4 (POOL WIN 6-4 ON AGGREGATE) .

Attendance: 28,358 (1,925 Blackpool)

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