Davies hits out at Seasiders' pitch

26 April 2009 10:32
"It is a disgrace and so are some of the surroundings," Davies said. "It was not rolled and not prepared properly. It was not a pitch on which to play football.

"As far as the spectators were concerned that must rank as a poor-quality game with little or no entertainment.

"We started badly, improved, but in the second half got the crosses in but could not finish."

Assistant manager Steve Thompson took charge of Blackpool for the first time with caretaker-boss Tony Parkes absent because of serious family illness.

His side should have gone ahead in the third minute but midfielder David Vaughan took too long teeing up his shot from 10 yards and Paul Smith rushed from his line to make a brilliant block.

A minute later Smith had to scamper across his goalmouth, reacting late to a Steve Crainey 20-yarder.

On nine minutes Forest mounted their first real attack and scored. Joel Lynch burst down the left flank and produced a perfect near-post cross which Dexter Blackstock volleyed powerfully past Paul Rachubka.

The uneven surface meant both sides had difficulty controlling the ball but Vaughan showed what could be done when he set up Blackpool's equaliser on 28 minutes.

Vaughan was set free by Charlie Adam and swept a glorious ball through to Brett Ormerod. The striker looked to have lost control but regained it and produced a quality finish across Smith into the far corner.

Forest's chances were given a boost when Blackpool were reduced to 10 men on 68 minutes.

Ian Evatt was dismissed when he hauled down Joe Garner from behind, a yard outside the penalty area.

Chris Cohen's free-kick was kept out of the top corner by a stunning save from Rachubka.

At the other end Smith showed what he could do when he clawed away Crainey's dipping free-kick before Blackpool survived a couple of chaotic goalmouth scrambles.

Blackpool skipper Shaun Barker said: "We conceded an early goal but we always believe we can get back into games and we did.

"This league is a lot tougher than last year and we feel we have done a great job. The management have been top drawer after taking over in mid-season."

Goalscorer Ormerod added: "It was a great ball through to me. I hope I did my job. I want to stay here next season if I can."

Blackpool assistant manager Thompson added: "It was very nerve-wracking, especially towards the end. I began to fear the worst with our home form but in the end I think we deserved a point.

"It was a great finish by Brett and just at the right time."

Regarding Evatt's dismissal he said: "I guess the referee had no choice. Evatt took the foul for the team but in the end it worked out okay."

Source: Team_Talk

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