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Marvin Ekpiteta scores against Nottingham Forest

Championship strugglers Blackpool humbled Premier League side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round.

The Seasiders are in the relegation zone in the second tier but took a 17th-minute lead through Marvin Ekpiteta.

Forest, who changed their entire starting XI, spurned a host of chances to draw level at Bloomfield Road.

Ian Poveda, CJ Hamilton and Jerry Yates struck in the second half before Ryan Yates claimed a consolation.

The fourth-round draw takes place on Sunday at 16:05 GMT.

Forest’s thrilling run to last season’s quarter-finals buoyed their ultimately successfully push for a long-awaited promotion back to the Premier League.

But Steve Cooper’s team selection suggested that Forest were happy to sacrifice a run in this season’s competition to focus on avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.

Blackpool’s James Husband volleyed narrowly wide of the far post before Forest failed to deal with Hamilton’s left-wing cross and Shayne Lavery’s scuffed shot found Ekpiteta. The centre-half, who had stayed forward following a corner, stabbed the ball past Wayne Hennessey from 12 yards.

Forest were on top either side of half-time, with Ekpiteta making made a couple of important blocks in the second half.

But Neco Williams gave the ball away in his own half to Blackpool substitute Yates, whose his run into the box resulted in on-loan Leeds winger Poveda bundling the ball in.

Hamilton exchanged passes with another sub, Kenny Dougall, before hitting a fine volley inside the far post from the left side of the box, and Yates wrapped up a fine win with a half-volley via the crossbar from Poveda’s cross.

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Maxwell
  • 24Lyons
  • 21Ekpiteta
  • 34Thorniley
  • 3HusbandSubstituted forThompsonat 90+1′minutes
  • 19Lavery
  • 16Carey
  • 28PatinoSubstituted forDougallat 68′minutes
  • 22HamiltonSubstituted forRogersat 78′minutes
  • 26Poveda-OcampoBooked at 64mins
  • 18BeesleySubstituted forYatesat 59′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Yates
  • 12Dougall
  • 15R Williams
  • 23Thompson
  • 25Rogers
  • 32Grimshaw
  • 41Moore
  • 42Trusty
  • 44Squires

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 13Hennessey
  • 7N WilliamsSubstituted forMbe Sohat 79′minutes
  • 3S Cook
  • 26McKenna
  • 15Toffolo
  • 45FewsterSubstituted forYatesat 65′minutes
  • 8ColbackBooked at 45mins
  • 31Furtado Scarpa
  • 14O’BrienSubstituted forJohnsonat 68′minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 16Surridge
  • 25Dennis

Substitutes

  • 1Henderson
  • 4Worrall
  • 5Mangala
  • 6Mbe Soh
  • 20Johnson
  • 22Yates
  • 32Lodi
  • 41Hammond
  • 49Osong

Referee:
James Linington

Attendance:
8,750

Match Stats

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Post update

Match ends, Blackpool 4, Nottingham Forest 1.

  • Source: BBC

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