Blackpool belied their poor Sky Bet Championship type to beat Nottingham Forest 4-1 and dump the Premier League facet out of the FA Cup.
The Seasiders, within the second-tier’s relegation zone after a nine-game winless run, led at half-time via Marvin Ekpiteta’s close-range end.
Michael Appleton’s facet then soaked up Forest’s second-half strain and added additional objectives via Ian Poveda, CJ Hamilton and substitute Jerry Yates earlier than Ryan Yates headed a late comfort for the guests.
Forest boss Steve Cooper made 11 adjustments for the third-round tie and was left shocked as his new-look line-up didn’t convert a bunch of possibilities earlier than being punished on the counter by the Championship strugglers.
Blackpool have been first to threaten when James Husband fired narrowly huge, whereas Nico Williams went nearer on the different finish for Forest, dragging his low effort simply off track after a mazy run to the sting of the penalty space.
But it was the Championship facet who drew first blood. Forest midfielder Lewis O’Brien misdirected an tried headed clearance within the field and centre-half Ekpiteta fired house from eight yards.
Forest have been stung into motion and have been a whisker away from equalising when Emmanuel Dennis curled a shot in opposition to the crossbar.
Brazilian midfielder Gustavo Scarpa, making his first begin for Forest, compelled Blackpool goalkeeper Chris Maxwell right into a low save and Sam Surridge blazed into the side-netting after beating his man within the field.
Maxwell stored the Tangerines’ noses in entrance as they got here beneath concerted strain with an excellent low save to maintain out Williams’ goalbound effort.
Forest went straight again on the offensive at the beginning of the second half. Surridge spurned one other massive likelihood following Dennis’ cut-back and O’Brien sliced huge from Harry Toffolo’s cross.
Maxwell got here to Blackpool’s rescue once more to disclaim Dennis in a one-on-one and O’Brien’s follow-up was diverted by Ekpiteta.
Blackpool continued to chase and harry and the tireless Poveda went shut with a long-range effort earlier than the guests have been punished for a lapse in focus.
Williams’ mis-placed move despatched Blackpool substitute Yates scampering clear down the left and his low cross was transformed by Poveda from six yards.
Surridge wasted one other likelihood for Forest by capturing excessive and huge from in entrance of purpose earlier than the Seasiders hit them on the break once more to go 3-0 up.
Poveda was this time the supplier as he equipped the cross from the left and Hamilton produced an emphatic left-footed end to kill the tie.
Jerry Yates ought to have added to the scoreline when firing huge from one other Poveda cross.
But the identical pairing mixed once more and this time Yates acquired it proper, changing to make it 4-0 and full Forest’s distress within the 87th minute earlier than substitute Ryan Yates headed a comfort for the guests within the closing moments.