Nottingham Forest faced a tough challenge in their FA Cup third-round replay against Blackpool, ultimately clinching a narrow 3-2 victory after extra time. Despite taking a 2-0 lead with goals from Andrew Omobamidele and Danilo, Forest found themselves in a tight spot as Blackpool fought back in the second half.
Albie Morgan and substitute Kyle Joseph scored for Blackpool, forcing the game into extra time. The drama continued as Blackpool had a chance to win it late on, but Forest’s Orel Mangala made a crucial block. In the 110th minute, Chris Wood secured the win for Forest, tapping in Ryan Yates’ excellent cross.
The match had an emotional touch as Forest paid tribute to midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, who left the Africa Cup of Nations due to his father’s passing. The victory showcased Forest’s resilience and team spirit under manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Despite the challenges off the pitch, including financial concerns, Forest seems to be gaining momentum with notable wins in the Premier League. They will now face Bristol City in the fourth round, and their strong performance suggests they are on the up under Nuno’s leadership.
Player of the Match honors went to Ryan Yates for his tireless and impactful contribution, including setting up goals for Omobamidele and Wood.