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Forest dumped out of FA Cup by Blackpool

Blackpool belied their poor Championship form to beat Nottingham Forest 4-1 and dump the Premier League side out of the FA Cup.

The Seasiders, in the second-tier's relegation zone after a nine-game winless run, led at half-time through Marvin Ekpiteta's close-range finish.

Michael Appleton's side then soaked up Forest's second-half pressure and added further goals through Ian Poveda, CJ Hamilton and substitute Jerry Yates before Ryan Yates headed a late consolation for the visitors.

Forest boss Steve Cooper made 11 changes for the third-round tie and was left stunned as his new-look line-up failed to convert a host of chances before being punished on the counter by the Championship strugglers.

Blackpool were first to threaten when James Husband fired narrowly wide, while Nico Williams went closer at the other end for Forest, dragging his low effort just off target after a mazy run to the edge of the penalty area.

But it was the Championship side who drew first blood. Forest midfielder Lewis O'Brien misdirected an attempted headed clearance in the box and centre-half Ekpiteta fired home from eight yards.

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