PRO FOOTBALL: Forest suffer late setback but Magpies cruise


A goal just four minutes from time saw Forest pegged back in a stalemate at Blackpool in the Championship, while Notts County gave their bid to escape the League One basement a huge boost with a comfortable victory over Coventry.

The promotion-chasing Reds were looking to leapfrog bitter rivals Derby County into fourth place with a win over Blackpool.

And they were just four minutes away from fulfilling their brief with the Rams not in action after taking the lead through Jamaal Lascelles on the stroke of half-time from close range.

But Andy Keogh popped up to grab a late leveller for the Tangerines.

Forest will look back on a couple of missed opportunities, most notably one for the in-form Simon Cox, who failed to connect with a cross from Jamie Mackie. There was also an chance for Greg Halford.

The Reds will most likely see it as two points that went begging, especially against a side who have not managed a single win in their last 13 games in all competitions.

The story was much different for Notts, who easily brushed aside Coventry at Meadow Lane.

At the start of the afternoon, the Sky Blues were looking to close the gap on the play-off places.

But it was the Magpies who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck 13 minutes in with Hayden Mullins netting from a cross from Jamal Campbell-Ryce. And they were two to the good and in the box seat on 33 minutes when Jamie Spencer spectacularly fired home from 30 yards.

The icing on the cake came when Campbell-Ryce was felled in the box and Alan Sheehan despatched the spot kick in the 87th minute to move Notts one point clear of the drop zone.