Substitute Dexter Blackstock salvaged a point for Nottingham Forest with an injury-time strike at Blackpool.

Billy Sharp opened the scoring with his second goal for Forest, flicking in from close range after Danny Collins's deflected shot fell into his path.

Elliot Grandin grabbed the equaliser when he headed in Matt Phillips's cross before Gary Taylor-Fletcher drove in the second 15 minutes from time.

Blackstock came to Forest's rescue when he converted Simon Cox's headed cross.

The hosts had created the first good chance of the night when Stephen Crainey clipped the outside of the post with his shot following a good one-two with Tom Ince.

And Taylor-Fletcher also went close when he took the ball round keeper Lee Camp, but saw his shot cleared by Greg Halford.

But Sharp put Forest ahead and midfielder Andy Reid was then inches away from giving them a 2-0 lead with a free-kick that flew narrowly wide.

Grandin and Taylor-Fletcher put Blackpool in front, before Sharp had a brilliant chance to equalise, miscuing his shot when one-on-one with Gilks.

But in the 90th minute, the visitors ensured they would come away with a point when Blackstock chested the ball down and finished well.

The result leaves Forest in 10th on 18 points and Blackpool a place and a point behind.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway:

"I said in the team meeting if Billy Sharp scores against us - he always does - then we shouldn't be bothered. The team laughed but then he went and scored.

"The point I was making though, was that we need to keep our heads up and keep our body language positive, which to our credit I thought we did.

"We have to work through our team because we don't have a big man up top to go direct. We have to pass our way through."

Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll:

"I'm not disappointed with just a point, I think at some point you know Ian Holloway will throw caution to the wind and it's difficult to know what to do.

"Do you keep what you've got or try and go at them with four forwards on the pitch? The game petered out; we looked fine and then lost two goals.

"They kept plugging away, to give them some credit. His subs changed things for Blackpool and our changes, with Dexter coming on, changed it for us."

Match Stats

Shots

13 10

On target

5 6

Corners

3 5

Fouls

7 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:59 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:49

Andy Reid delivers the ball.

90:00 +3:10

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the left by-line, save by Matt Gilks.

90:00 +3:01

Chris Cohen produces a cross, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:32

Stephen Crainey delivers the ball, Danny Collins makes a clearance.

89:54

The assist for the goal came from Andy Reid.

89:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Dexter Blackstock - Blackpool 2 - 2 Nott'm For Goal scored by Dexter Blackstock from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 2-2 Nottm Forest.

89:35

Andy Reid crosses the ball.

88:51

The ball is swung over by Matt Phillips, clearance made by Greg Halford.

86:15

The ball is sent over by Thomas Ince.

85:55

The referee blows for offside. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.

83:57

Effort from the edge of the area by Dan Harding goes wide of the right-hand upright.

83:44

Unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Gary Taylor-Fletcher results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Reid.

81:05 Substitution

Substitution (Nottm Forest) makes a substitution, with Dexter Blackstock coming on for Simon Gillett.

80:39

The official flags Dan Harding offside. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

79:55

Chris Cohen crosses the ball, save by Matt Gilks.

78:04

Thomas Ince produces a cross, clearance by Greg Halford.

76:28 Substitution

Substitution (Nottm Forest) makes a substitution, with Jermaine Jenas coming on for Radoslaw Majewski.

76:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nouha Dicko on Brendan Moloney. Direct free kick taken by Dan Harding.

75:56

Alex Baptiste gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Sharp. Free kick taken by Simon Gillett.

74:36

Assist on the goal came from Elliot Grandin.

74:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Taylor-Fletcher - Blackpool 2 - 1 Nott'm For Gary Taylor-Fletcher gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 2-1 Nottm Forest.

74:22

The ball is sent over by Nouha Dicko.

72:03

A cross is delivered by Billy Sharp.

69:29

Assist on the goal came from Matt Phillips.

69:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Elliot Grandin - Blackpool 1 - 1 Nott'm For Elliot Grandin finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Blackpool 1-1 Nottm Forest.

68:13 Substitution

Substitution Neal Eardley goes off and Nouha Dicko comes on.

68:13 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Delfouneso replaces Ludovic Sylvestre.

63:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by Simon Cox. Ludovic Sylvestre takes the direct free kick.

62:30 Booking

Booking Ian Evatt goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

61:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Reid by Ian Evatt. Direct free kick taken by Brendan Moloney.

59:10

Alex Baptiste takes a shot. Dan Harding gets a block in.

58:46

Brendan Moloney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Ince. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.

58:04 Substitution

Substitution Elliot Grandin on for Tiago Gomes.

55:40

Tiago Gomes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Radoslaw Majewski. Strike on goal comes in from Andy Reid from the free kick.

55:05

Matt Phillips has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

53:37

Radoslaw Majewski delivers the ball, Ludovic Sylvestre makes a clearance.

52:58

Brendan Moloney fouled by Thomas Ince, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Camp takes the free kick.

52:14

The ball is crossed by Radoslaw Majewski, save made by Matt Gilks.

50:57

The ball is swung over by Andy Reid, Matt Gilks makes a save.

50:27

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Reid.

49:29

Tiago Gomes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

48:49

Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Ince.

48:33

The ball is sent over by Matt Phillips, clearance made by Simon Cox.

47:55

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Reid, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

47:44

Centre by Radoslaw Majewski, clearance by Ian Evatt.

46:40

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Greg Halford gets a block in.

46:27

Gary Taylor-Fletcher fouled by Simon Gillett, the ref awards a free kick. Ludovic Sylvestre takes the direct free kick.

45:16

The ball is sent over by Thomas Ince.

45:04

Stephen Crainey sends in a cross, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:12

Effort on goal by Neal Eardley from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

45:00 +0:06

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid, Tiago Gomes manages to make a clearance.

44:51

Billy Sharp takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt.

43:13 Substitution

Substitution Brendan Moloney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daniel Ayala.

43:13 Booking

Booking Chris Cohen is cautioned.

43:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Cohen on Tiago Gomes. Direct free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

42:33

Billy Sharp fouled by Isaiah Osbourne, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Reid restarts play with the free kick.

42:13

The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey.

41:55

A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by Daniel Ayala.

41:37

The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey.

41:10

A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey, blocked by Dan Harding.

40:31

Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Neal Eardley gets a block in.

39:41

Tiago Gomes has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

37:01

Billy Sharp gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt. Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

36:23

Shot from long range by Isaiah Osbourne goes wide of the left-hand upright.

36:09

The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley.

35:08

The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey.

33:15

The ball is crossed by Radoslaw Majewski, clearance by Neal Eardley.

29:44

Billy Sharp is ruled offside. Matt Gilks takes the direct free kick.

29:26

A cross is delivered by Chris Cohen, clearance made by Neal Eardley.

28:26

Matt Phillips delivers the ball, Lee Camp makes a save.

27:23

Centre by Tiago Gomes.

25:38

Simon Gillett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Ince. Strike on goal comes in from Thomas Ince from the free kick.

24:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Sharp - Blackpool 0 - 1 Nott'm For Billy Sharp finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Nottm Forest.

24:08

Corner from left by-line taken by Andy Reid.

23:41

Billy Sharp takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks.

23:25

The ball is sent over by Neal Eardley, Daniel Ayala manages to make a clearance.

20:46

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.

19:42

Thomas Ince takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Greg Halford.

18:56

Billy Sharp takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Baptiste.

16:38

The assistant referee flags for offside against Billy Sharp. Matt Gilks takes the direct free kick.

11:45

Corner taken by Matt Phillips from the left by-line, Andy Reid makes a clearance.

10:11

The ball is delivered by Andy Reid, Simon Cox produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

9:28

Radoslaw Majewski produces a cross, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

8:51

Andy Reid takes a shot.

7:40

Centre by Tiago Gomes, Chris Cohen makes a clearance.

5:50

Alex Baptiste takes a shot. Save made by Lee Camp.

4:36

The ball is crossed by Ludovic Sylvestre, Daniel Ayala makes a clearance.

3:39

Shot from close in by Stephen Crainey misses to the left of the goal.

0:00

The game begins.

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