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Posted Sat 14 Feb 15 at 17:00 PM

Report: Blackpool 4 Nottingham Forest 4

Blackpool and Nottingham Forest produced the game of the season and shared eight goals in a pulsating affair at Bloomfield Road, as David Ferguson came off the bench to head a dramatic injury time equaliser for the hosts.
The two sides exachanged seven second half goals in a relentless affair and put on a real show, as Bloomfield Road witnessed its first ever 4-4 draw.
Gary Madine lit up a quiet first half in comparison by firing home the opener, before the contest exploded after the break.

Andrea Orlandi curled home Pool's second, only for Forest to haul themselves level through two quick-fire goals from Dexter Blackstock and Gary Garnder.

Steven Davies put Blackpool back in front from close range, but the visitors were level again after Tom Aldred saw red for the hosts and Henri Lansbury converted the following penalty.
Chris Burke thought he'd won it for Forest when he smashed home in added time, but with Pool short of two players Ferguson met Jamie O'Hara's corner seven minutes into added time to earn his side a point.
With no idea what was the follow, it was Blackpool's industrial midfielder David Perkins who attempted to gain the early momentum for his side, but his bobbling strike was held by Karl Darlow, before young Henry Cameron was unfortunate to get in the way of Madine's goalbound effort.

At the other end Joe Lewis had his wits about him to deny Matty Fryatt from close range, and the goalkeeper was then thankful to watch Danny Fox's free-kick cannon into his wall.

18-year-old Dom Telford was starting his third consecutive home game for The Seasiders, and forced Darlow to beat away his vicious strike, before he shot over when Madine had forced an opening inside the Forest penalty box.
New signing Tom Aldred was making his debut for Blackpool, and showed what was to come when he threw himself at Eric Lichaj's effort. Madine was looking lively for Pool, and saw an effort put behind by more solid Forest defending.
However they could do nothing to stop The Seasiders taking the lead on the stroke of half time. Brilliant work from Telford saw the youngster pick out his strike partner Madine in the middle, and the new signing gobbled up from eight yards, firing past Darlow.
Half Time: Blackpool 1 Nottingham Forest 0
Telford continued the second half in lively fashioned, but was replaced by Davies soon after. Meanwhile The Seasiders looked keen to make it two, and O'Hara tested Darlow with a long range drive.
The next opportunity came even closer, as Orlandi's drive deflected onto the bar and away. But it didn't take the Spaniard long to bag his first Bloomfield Road goal, receiving the ball from O'Hara and bending home from outside of the box.
However within minutes the fightback was on, with Blackstock rolling underneath Lewis, after being thwarted by the stopper. And before Pool had gathered their breath the visitors were level, when Gardner punished some sloppy defending by firing into the open net.
But with the game on a knife-edge Pool had the audacity to take the lead again. Orlandi was foiled by a terrific Darlow save, and then once the midfielder crossed for Davies the stopper did well to keep out his header, but he could do nothing as the striker smashed his second attempt into the roof of the net.

The action was relentless however, once Antonio had bullied his way through, the referee adjudged Aldred to have brought the winger down in the area. The defender was shown a straight red card and Lansbury sent Lewis the wrong way from the spot.
For all the action in the second half, the contest had another disappointing twist for The Seasiders, who saw Darren O'Dea clear the ball and go down with what looked a serious injury, with the defender being stretched off. Thankfully it was revealed after the match that the injury wasn't as bad as first feared.
As a result nine minutes were added on at the end and Peter Clarke was on hand to clear Lichaj's effort off the line, but it was only a matter of time before the relentless Forest pressure told, as Burke rifled home through a crowded penalty area.

However it wasn't the match winner because it was left for Ferguson to claim Blackpool a deserved point when he headed home O'Hara's corner at the death.

Full Time: Blackpool 4 Forest 4

By Mark Ridgway

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