Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies was ‘proud’ of his team’s performance in this afternoon’s defeat against Blackpool at The City Ground.Stephen Dobbie netted an injury-time winner to consign The Reds, who saw Djamal Abdoun red-carded in the first half for tugging back Neal Bishop in the area, to their first home defeat of the season.
Abdoun’s dismissal presented Blackpool with the perfect opportunity to take the lead in a first-half otherwise completely dominated by the hosts.
Darlow denied Thomas Ince from the spot, but there was nothing the stopper could do in the first of four added minutes at the end of the match as Dobbie slotted home from inside the area, a goal the Reds boss believes should not have stood.
He said: “I think misfortune is the overriding feeling at the moment. We’re looking at things that are going against us, but that’s football. There’s no doubt in my mind that the goal was offside, but we have to accept that matches are won and lost on decisions, lady luck and other bits and pieces.
“Our tactics and shape went out the window after Abdoun’s red card. Having said that I think the players deserve great credit. Their discipline, their shape and their work ethic was very, very good.
“I never felt Blackpool would score. I thought we had the potential to counter against them and pose a threat from set pieces. I felt comfortable because at no time did they look a threat.
“I’m very proud of what the players gave us and there’s a long way to go.”