Vital Football

Latest Blackpool FC News

'Leicester Reject' Fells Forest

'Leicester Reject' Fells Forest

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).

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Eamonn Moore
Date:Saturday April 17 2010
Time: 10:27PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackpool Articles

Vital Pre-Match - League 2, 22nd October

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of matches this weekend, which will see us among those having a match in this upcoming schedule with three-points the aim of course.

Match Day Officials v Doncaster (22/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Doncaster Rovers this Saturday.

FA Cup First Round Proper - Full Draw (17/10/16)

The draw for the first round of the FA Cup took place earlier this evening.

Late Frustration For Bowyer

Manager Gary Bowyer has been speaking about his frustration following the loss to Accrington Stanley at the weekend.

Archived Vital Blackpool Articles

Vital Blackpool articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Blackpool
Write For Vital Blackpool
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Blackpool v Doncaster
Suggested By:
Blackpool win67%
Doncaster win33%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 13 9 2 2 29 10
2 Doncaster 13 8 2 3 26 10
3 Carlisle 13 6 7 0 25 9
4 Luton 13 6 4 3 22 9
5 Portsmouth 13 6 3 4 21 7
6 Grimsby 13 6 2 5 20 1
7 Accrington 13 5 4 4 19 1
8 Crewe 13 4 7 2 19 0
9 Crawley 13 5 4 4 19 -1
10 Morecambe 13 6 1 6 19 -6
11 Mansfield 13 4 6 3 18 1
12 Notts County 13 5 3 5 18 0
13 Colchester 13 4 4 5 16 -1
14 Hartlepool 13 3 7 3 16 -2
15 Yeovil 13 5 1 7 16 -6
16 Wycombe 13 4 3 6 15 -3
17 Blackpool 13 3 5 5 14 2
18 Stevenage 12 4 2 6 14 -2
19 Cheltenham 13 2 7 4 13 -2
20 Exeter 13 4 1 8 13 -5
21 Cambridge 13 3 4 6 13 -6
22 Leyton Orient 13 3 3 7 12 -4
23 Barnet 12 2 6 4 12 -6
24 Newport 11 1 4 6 7 -6
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Blackpool Results (view all)

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Doncaster Rovers (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Notts County (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Mansfield Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Newport County (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

2.premier 1158
8.Albert Ramsbottom19
Write for Vital Football