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Forest play-off hopes rocked

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 BLACKPOOL 1
Agogo 16 : Hoolahan (pen) 90
Attendance 16,849

Tuesday 20th February

A controversial 90th minute penalty gave Blackpool a thoroughly deserved midweek draw at the City Ground on Tuesday, and further dented Forest’s hopes of gaining automatic promotion. Wes Hoolahan converted a twice taken penaltythat he won himself, under what seemed the slightest of challenges from Forest’s Ian Breckin.

It was no more than Blackpool deserved after constantly probing the Forest goal throughout the match, with the home side offering little in the way of chances up front. ‘Keeper Paul Smith had already made a world-class save to deny Scott Vernon’s header, whilst Vernon himself had earlier been booked for diving, under the force of a challenge that looked far worse than the offence that led to the equalising penalty.

Forest had taken an early lead through Junior Agogo. A quick counter attack, coupled with a slip in defence by Blackpool’s Evatt, had left Agogo with ample time to ram the ball through the legs of Blackpool goalkeeper Evans. A brilliant volley from Agogo towards the end of the first half cannoned back off the crossbar with Evans well beaten, but Forest created little else in the way of chances. Blackpool toiled away for the equaliser, and Smith had made 3 excellent second-half stops, but he was powerless to stop Hoolahan’s brilliant penalty.
Blackpool’s 200 travelling supporters left ecstatic with a point, whilst the 16,000 Forest fans left realising that automatic promotion is rapidly becoming more of a hope than reality.

Forest (4-4-2): Smith, Curtis, Morgan, Breckin, Bennett, Prutton, Gary Holt, Perch, Lester (Commons 79), Agogo, Grant Holt (Dobie 60).
Subs not used: Pedersen, Chambers, Clingan.

Blackpool (4-4-2): Evans, Barker, Jackson, Evatt, Gorkss, Gillett, Southern (Forbes 76), Fox, Hoolahan, Vernon (Burgess 76), Parker.
Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Joseph, Bean

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