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The City Ground (ATT 21,581) 2nd November 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Michael Naylor

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Blackpool Blackpool

N Forest 0

D Abdoun (S/O 35)

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Blackpool 1

S Dobbie (90+1)

Championship: Stephen Dobbie nets Blackpool late 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest

Last Updated: 02/11/13 6:05pm

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Tom Ince: Missed first-half penalty for visitors

Tom Ince: Missed first-half penalty for visitors

Stephen Dobbie's last-gasp winner was enough to secure Blackpool a 1-0 victory at 10-man Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship.

It seemed the heroics of Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow would help the Reds to a point after midfielder Djamel Abdoun was sent off in the 34th minute for conceding a penalty with a clumsy foul on Neal Bishop.

Darlow pushed away Tom Ince's penalty and looked to be on course for a clean sheet, before Dobbie popped up in the 91st minute to snatch a big win for Blackpool, over one of their promotion rivals.

The result extended Forest's stuttering run of form, which saw them follow up last weekend's defeat at Yeovil with another loss, meaning Davies' side have now won only two of their last eight games.

The two main talking points of the first half had been a penalty appeal for Forest that was not given - and one for Blackpool that was. But referee Michael Naylor seemed to have got both decisions right.

Darius Henderson, in fact, was perhaps lucky not to be booked for diving, after going down dramatically as Kirk Broadfoot attempted to deny him the chance to collect the loose ball, after Matt Gilks had blocked his shot.

But Forest's Algerian winger, Abdoun, was subsequently sent off for hauling back Bishop, after the former Notts County man had snatched the ball off his toes in the box, to race clear.

Forest owed a debt of thanks to keeper Darlow for making an outstanding save, diving low to his right, to push away Ince's subsequent spot kick.

The Forest number one had already produced a brilliant stop to prevent Dobbie from breaking the deadlock, with a low, driven shot from well worked free kick.

But it was 10-man Forest who came closest to taking the lead before the interval, with skipper Chris Cohen, making his 250th start for the Reds, hammering a powerful shot from the edge of the box, which looked to be bound for the bottom corner before Matt Gilks got down late to push away.

Ince was denied for a second time by Darlow after the break, with the keeper equal to a testing volley that had bounced awkwardly in front of him.

Blackpool were going all out for the win, bringing no fewer than three attacking players off the bench in the final stages, in the form of Nathan Tyson, Steven Davies and Michael Chopra.

But it was Dobbie who arrived to sweep the ball into the bottom corner of the net in the 91st minute to secure a big win for Blackpool over one of their promotion rivals.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17