Blackpool 2 Nottingham Forest 2

Stephen Crainey's early effort

Stephen Crainey's early effort

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IAN Holloway says his side need to keep their heads high after last night’s 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest.

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.

First Elliot Grandin headed in Matt Phillips’ 70th-minute cross before Gary Taylor-Fletcher put Blackpool ahead with 15 minutes to go.

But Blackstock came off the bench to secure a point, and Holloway was as honest as ever at full time.

“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.

“Our substitutes were superb, I felt. The game was a bit stale and they came on and made an instant impact which was exactly what we needed.

“We got our second goal too quick and then we had made all our changes and couldn’t see it out.”

Nottingham Forest manager Sean O’Driscoll vowed to take the positives.

“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.

“We could have won it with the chances we had and they will feel that they could have won it also. We turned the tables on them a bit, bringing on attacking players and they probably weren’t expecting that.

“Overall we cannot complain, we’ve had a few too many draws and I don’t want too many of those, we need a few more wins - but we’ve done well tonight.

“We’ve got three strikers who look like they might score goals in this division and at Championship level that can be massive. If you can score goals away from home then it gives you a great chance.”

Sharp’s opener was his second goal in four days after scoring in the win over Cardiff but it looked as though it would count for nothing when first Grandin and then Taylor-Fletcher struck.