By Ollie Irish
Photos: Mike Egerton / EMPICS Sport
Cards on the table – I’m gutted by this result, not because I have anything against Ian Holloway or Blackpool (not at all), but simply because I really, REALLY wanted to see Forest back in the top flight.
But fair play to Ollie and his Tangerine Army, for destroying Forest’s Prem ambitions with a superb counter-attacking display in the second half of this second leg. DJ Campbell scored a 23-minute hat-trick, which means Blackpool are only 90 minutes away from a golden ticket to the big league.
Billy Davies said afterwards that too many of his Forest players froze under pressure, and he’s right – Forest lost their composure, Blackpool took their chances. A glimpse of the Premier League can do strange things to players.
Looks very much like a Blackpool vs Cardiff showdown at Wembley, unless Leicester can find another gear. Would have to fancy Cardiff to win that big one, but then I fancied Forest to win this one, so there you go.