‘CRAZY’ DAY HAS CLARK BELIEVING
SEVEN second half goals saw the teams land just a paltry point apiece – no wonder Blackpool boss Lee Clark says it was one of the craziest days of football he has witnessed.
Chris Burke looked to have won it when he made it 4-3 to Forest in the 96th minute but David Ferguson snatched a point for nine-man Blackpool a minute later at a stunned Bloomfield Road
Forest twice came from behind in the second half, after Blackpool had led 2-0 and 3-2, to pull the scores level at 3-3 heading into nine minutes of injury time.
The home side finished with nine men after Tom Aldred was sent off and Darren O’Dea was injured after all substitutions had been made.
Blackpool remain ten points off safety but Clark says after what happened in this game, anything is possible.
“I’m drained and I wasn’t even involved,” Clark said. “Me and Alan Thompson (first team coach) are saying we’ve never experienced anything like that in our life.
“We were down to nine and go 4-3 down but the lads dug deep to get back.
“I didn’t actually see the equaliser because I was getting a bit of grief from one of our own fans for not being attacking enough.
“A point is not enough, but that fightback has told me the players aren’t giving up and have the fight and ability.
“We need a magnificent run. We will have to do top two, top three form to do it.
“I’ve just experienced one of the craziest games I’ve been involved in so who’s not to say it can happen.”
Blackpool took the lead after 45 minutes through Gary Madine. Dom Telford crossed into the area and Madine beat his marker to strike home from eight yards.
Andrea Orlandi made it 2-0 after 66 minutes when he superbly curled the ball into the far corner from 20 yards.
Two minutes later though Forest pulled one back through Dexter Blackstock, who brought the ball down and took an airshot before gathering again and slotting under Joe Lewis from six yards.
Chaotic Blackpool defending handed Forest an equaliser after 70 minutes through Gary Gardner, who tapped into an empty net after Lewis had denied Michail Antonio.
Blackpool were back ahead after 73 minutes when Steven Davies latched onto a rightwing cross and saw his first effort blocked but hammered home the rebound from six yards.
Their joy was short-lived as Forest won a penalty after 75 minutes and last-man Aldred was sent off for upending Antonio. Henri Lansbury sent Lewis the wrong way to make it five goals in ten minutes.
And after the late drama, Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he should have made it nine points from his first three games with victory.
“We looked to be winning the game with seconds to go and we lacked concentration,” Freedman said.“It’s very alarming for me as a coach that we can give that away.You’re in the Championship against a team fighting for their life so you shouldn’t think it’s job done.
“The pitch is a definite leveller but it’s a leveller for two teams. My main concern for the pitch is injuries. I’ve lost Jack Hobbs. From a football point of view it’s no excuse.
“I think I could have got three wins and with a minute to go I was nearly with that. I’ve got to set the standards high here and make sure people understand what it is to play for Nottingham Forest.
“I’ve sat on that bench 200 to 250 times and I’ve never seen a game as bizarre as that.”
MELEE: David Ferguson scores Blackpool’s lastgasp equaliser. Inset: Dexter Blackstock scores Forest’s first goal