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O'Driscoll upbeat after late equaliser

24 October 2012

Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll vowed to take the positives after watching substitute Dexter Blackstock salvage his side a 2-2 draw in stoppage time at Blackpool.

Billy Sharp fired Forest ahead after 25 minutes of the npower Championship clash but two second-half goals in the space of five minutes looked to have turned the game on its head. But Blackstock came off the bench to secure a point and O'Driscoll claimed it was the least his side deserved.

"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," he said.

"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."

Despite Blackstock denying Blackpool victory, manager Ian Holloway took heart from how his side responded to the first-half setback.

"When that soft goal went in I thought 'here we go'. Things haven't been going our way lately. We said let's be brave and positive and we'll do well," he said.

"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."

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