Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Saturday April 17 2010
Don't worry, I've just used the 'Leicester Reject' tag in the headline in jest - the Forest fans were singing it at DJ Campbell today, but the striker shut them up with two great finishes.
DJ's goals today were a vindication for those of us who earlier in the season felt that we needed a striker like him - someone who can sniff out a chance and bury it, and that's certainly what he did today. Twice.
In games like today, having someone like DJ in your side can make all the difference - today was the type of game that we'd have lost or drawn last season.
We didn't play brilliantly today, but we got the job done and that's all that matters right now. Credit must go to Ollie and the players for bouncing back from last week's disappointment today, but they need to redouble their efforts against Peterborough next weekend who will be stinging from their 6-0 defeat at Reading today - Blackpool never do things the easy way, and if we're not careful, we could slip up at London Road.
The only disappointing thing about today was that the likes of Swansea also won, but that shouldn't detract from the fact that the Seasiders recorded their first double over Forest since the 1963/4 season.
Having beaten Forest - who lie in third don't forget - twice this season, illustrates just how good we are, and even if we don't sneak into the playoffs, it's still been a brilliant season and there's certainly a buzz around Bloomfield Road that there's not been in years.
Anyway, to today's game and my match report...
Ian Holloway made one change from the side that disappointed at Newcastle; Brett Ormerod coming in for Ben Burgess. Forest meanwhile made several chances as Billy Davies essentially rested players ahead of his side's forthcoming stab at the playoffs.
It was a lovely Spring afternoon and there was a great atmosphere at Bloomfield Road with 11,164 fans present - the highest attendance there in 32 years! Let's hope the weather, atmosphere and attendances continue in a similar vein for a long time to come!
Forest hadn't won on the road since January, but they had the first chance of the afternoon: David McGoldrick flashing a shot just wide with Matt Gilks beaten.
Ten minutes later though, the Seasiders were ahead. Seamus Coleman was felled inside the area as he once again cut in from the right, and, after some confusion, the penalty was awarded. Charlie Adam did the honours from the spot.
The Seasiders still weren't quite at the races though, and only a brilliant challenge from Stephen Crainey prevented Forest from equalising straight from the restart.
It was Forest who had the first chance of the second half as well, but Luke Chambers could only guide his header straight at Matt Gilks.
Ten minutes into the half though, and the Seasiders had doubled their advantage. Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Stephen Crainey combined, before DJ Campbell smashed home from inside the area. A real striker's finish.
The game wasn't over though. Billy Davies threw on the likes of Rob Earnshaw and Forest did look dangerous, with the Seasiders at sixes and sevens at times defensively.
Going forward though, the 'Pool looked like they had more goals in them: Seamus Coleman curling wide after another masquerading run down the flank. This boy's got a good future in the game.
It was Forest who scored next though. Charlie Adam was penalised for a foul and unbelievably booked by referee Anthony Taylor (who on the basis of the two 'Pool games he's reffed, should fit right in the Premier League ;)) - his 14th booking of the season. Adam is now just one booking away from a three game ban.
From the resulting freekick, Joe Garner rose to head home with the Seasiders defence inexplicably rooted to the floor.
Rob Earnshaw then almost equalised with an acrobatic effort as Forest looked to snatch a point, but with everyone in Bloomfield Road on the edge of their seats, praying for the final whistle (well, at least those in the home end!), it was the Seasiders who scored the game's crucial fourth goal.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher's cross looked to have been over-hit, but DJ Campbell produced a sizzling strike to seal the points. Again, it was a strike any striker would have been delighted with.
Jason Euell, Stephen Dobbie and Barry Bannan all then made cameo appearances in the closing stages, but there were still chances at either end: Earnshaw being denied by a brilliant save by Gilks, and Baptiste and Dobbie being denied by some last gasp Forest defending.
So, time to draw breath before next Saturday... (gulps and mops brow).
Date:Saturday April 17 2010
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