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Nottingham Forest - Blackpool

2 November 2013

Nottingham Forest 0 Blackpool 1

Stephen Dobbie struck a stoppage time winner to earn Blackpool all three points against Nottingham Forest's ten men at The City Ground.

It meant The Seasiders didn't pay for Tom Ince's penalty miss, which had brought about Djamal Abdoun's red card, when he fouled Neal Bishop.

In a game of few chances it seemed the points were destined to be shared, but Blackpool were good value for the three points after Dobbie's late strike. 

Paul Ince made two changes to the side that drew with Blackburn, Tyler Blackett came in for his debut, along with Bradley Orr - they replaced Chris Basham and Jack Robinson.

An uneventful opening to the game saw a few nice touches from Blackett, on loan from Manchester United, whilst Matt Gilks remained untested on his 150th appearance for the club.

On ten minutes Ricardo Fuller registered the first attempt of the game, firing over from long range, as Blackpool found their feet. 

Minutes later and the visitors came close to the opener, as Dobbie's drilled free-kick was saved by the feet of Karl Darlow in the Forest goal.

Blackpool continued to turn the screw, next to threaten was Fuller, who was played in by Orr, before seeing his effort deflected behind for a corner.

Alex Rae will certainly have been happy with his side's start, and will have been hopeful, as Kirk Broadfoot appeared to be brought down in the area, but no penalty was given.

As for Forest, they first threatened on 25 minutes, as Jamaal Lascelles headed wide from a corner, before Henri Lansbury's weak shot was gathered by Gilks.

It was the hosts who had the next penalty shout. Djamal Abdoun's effort was saved by the feet of Gilks, and Darius Henderson was left incensed when a penalty wasn't given, after he tumbled following Broadfoot's challenge. 

Penalty shouts were becoming the theme, and at the third time of asking the spot kick was given - for Blackpool. Bishop got himself the wrong side of Abdoun and was pulled back by the Forest man, who was given a straight red card.

For the third week running there had been a dismissal and penalty given in a Blackpool game. 

However Ince, making his 100th appearance for the club, couldn't repeat his actions of the previous two weeks, and saw his spot kick saved by Darlow and Broadfoot couldn't turn in the rebound. 

Moments later the winger had the chance to rectify that miss, but after Dobbie sent him through, Ince's effort was saved by Darlow, before the goalkeeper smothered the ball at the feet of Fuller. 

Forest reacted to that spell of pressure, and Chris Cohen's drive had to be palmed behind by the alert Gilks, as both sides went in for the break level.

After the break The Seasiders started off on the front foot, and Dobbie's speculative half-volley wasn't too far off target, before Ince's effort was well held by Darlow.

Blackpool were the side asking the questions, but the hosts remained a threat, and Gonzalo Jara shot over with the scores still at 0-0.

With around 20 minutes remaining Nathan Tyson got the game time he was looking for against his former club, replacing Orr.

Tyson failed to have an instant impact, so Steven Davies and Michael Chopra were brought off the bench, with Fuller and Angel Martinez going the other way. 

Although they continued to press, The Seasiders were struggling to create any clear cut chances in the final third. 

The one time they were caught napping they were nearly made to pay, as Jamie Mackie picked up on a loose ball, drove at the Blackpool defence, before curling wide of Gilks' goal.

Pool were close to leading soon after, but Dan Gosling and Ince got in each other's way, and the chance was gone.

However they were saving the drama until later, as Dobbie struck late on to claim the points.

Ince's cross found Chorpa, and although Forest cleared the original danger, Dobbie slammed home the winner, out of Darlow's reach into the bottom corner.

There was still time for Blackpool to make the scoreline even move flattering, but after Ince rounded Darlow, his effort from a tight angle glanced off the bar away to safety. 

However, it was to be Dobbie's day, as his late strike proved the difference and sunk Forest.

By Mark Ridgway

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