A fired-up Nottingham Forest took full advantage of Blackpool's shambolic summer to secure a convincing victory in Stuart Pearce's first game as manager.

The visitors started with nine new faces and could only name four players on the bench amid rumours of player registration issues.

And the lack of cohesion and unity showed before the break as Michail Antonio's calm sidefoot finish and Chris Burke's fine strike made it 2-0.

Blackpool improved considerably but wasted a couple of half-chances and Forest eased to victory.

Forest also had opportunities after the interval to increase the lead but the fact it only finished 2-0 came as surprise after a first half dominated by the hosts at a sell-out City Ground.

Did you know?

Nottingham Forest's win was only their second in 13 games against Blackpool

Rampant Forest, buoyed by Pearce's much-anticipated homecoming and the double signing of Britt Assombalonga and Antonio after a difficult week, were too strong for a Blackpool side beset by off-field ownership issues and unrest.

The Tangerines only had eight players registered with less than two weeks to go before the start of the season and they understandably played like strangers.

They did at least show spirit in the opening 20 minutes.

And despite barely getting out of their own half, they had the best chance when Nathan Delfouneso headed wastefully wide from a free-kick.

Pearce on Forest v Blackpool

But the Reds, with Andy Reid majestically directing play from the centre of midfield, were in control.

They led when Reid's swerving long-range strike came back off the post and was calmly placed into the back of the net by debutant Antonio.

The goal prompted a familiar Pearce fist-pump in celebration and within five minutes the former England Under-21 boss was celebrating again, turning to the crowd and applauding after Burke's fabulous curled shot from the edge of the box.

But with a hammering looking likely, Blackpool improved considerably, playing with greater discipline in midfield, closing Reid down and posing problems in the final third through Delfouneso and Andrea Orlandi.

Orlandi curled an effort just wide after a fine passing move and Forest began to tire and misplace their passes.

Assombalonga had a couple of half-chances but was unable to get a clear opportunity and the goal he so craved.

The home side also failed to make the most of numerous good positions but did not need the security of a third goal.

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce:

"It was a fantastic reception. I am not sure there is another footballer in the country who has had the same relationship with the fans for decades, if I am honest.

"I was delighted and proud to walk out at the helm of this football club. But the important thing is that we collected three points. We want to carry that on now. We want to give something back.

"To win a game and keep a clean sheet on the first day, we are happy with that. We were against a team who had done an outstanding job, because they had a fragmented pre-season. They made it very difficult for us and credit to their manager for that. They have done a good job in the situation."

Stuart Pearce

It was a perfect first game in charge for Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce

Jose Riga

Jose Riga took over as manager at Blackpool during the summer

Blackpool

Blackpool could only name four substitutes for their first Championship game of the season

Sergei Zenjov

Estonia international Sergei Zenjov was one of the Blackpool debutants against Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest fans

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce played more than 500 times for the club during his career

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 13 Fox
  • 04 Mancienne
  • 03 Harding
  • 17 Hunt Booked
  • 11 Reid
  • 27 Burke (Osborn - 78' )
  • 18 Antonio (McLaughlin - 57' )
  • 08 Cohen (Lichaj - 87' )
  • 07 Fryatt
  • 09 Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 02 Lichaj
  • 14 Veldwjik
  • 21 Paterson
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 29 de Vries
  • 30 McLaughlin
  • 38 Osborn

Blackpool

  • 01 Lewis
  • 06 Clarke
  • 29 McMahon
  • 04 Perkins
  • 02 Daniels
  • 20 Zenjov (Telford - 88' )
  • 08 Mellis Booked
  • 24 Lundstram
  • 11 Orlandi Booked
  • 07 Cywka
  • 14 Delfouneso

Substitutes

  • 18 Dunne
  • 21 Parish
  • 34 Telford
  • 38 Waddington
Ref: Tony Harrington
Att: 28,028

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

3 1

Corners

7 2

Fouls

14 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Blackpool 0.

90:00 +3:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Blackpool 0.

90:00 +1:24

Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:24

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

90:00 +0:17

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen McLaughlin.

89:45

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Reid with a headed pass.

89:05

Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool).

89:05

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Dominic Telford replaces Sergei Zenjov.

86:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj replaces Chris Cohen.

86:05

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

85:13

Attempt saved. John Lundstram (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Perkins.

84:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:27

Delay in match Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

80:48

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tony McMahon.

80:20 Booking

Booking Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

80:04

Hand ball by Tony McMahon (Blackpool).

78:18

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

77:41

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

77:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn replaces Chris Burke.

76:24

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tony McMahon.

75:56 Booking

Booking Jacob Mellis (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:39

Attempt missed. Stephen McLaughlin (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Reid.

70:15

Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:15

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

68:15

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

68:15

Jacob Mellis (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:09

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Harding tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

63:17 Booking

Booking Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:10

Foul by Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest).

63:10

Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:15

Attempt missed. Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

59:36

Attempt missed. Jacob Mellis (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso.

58:49

Offside, Blackpool. Tony McMahon tries a through ball, but Nathan Delfouneso is caught offside.

57:43

Stephen McLaughlin (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:43

Foul by John Lundstram (Blackpool).

56:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Stephen McLaughlin replaces Michail Antonio.

56:05

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

55:01

Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:01

Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

54:41

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

54:41

Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:49

Attempt missed. Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

53:09

Foul by Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).

53:09

Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:05

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

48:59

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

48:59

Sergei Zenjov (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:12

Offside, Blackpool. John Lundstram tries a through ball, but Nathan Delfouneso is caught offside.

47:27

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Andy Reid.

45:10

Foul by Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).

45:10

Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 2, Blackpool 0.

45:00 +2:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Blackpool 0.

45:00 +0:29

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Daniel Harding.

44:53

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

44:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

43:08

Delay in match Jacob Mellis (Blackpool) because of an injury.

42:09

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:00

Delay in match Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

40:38

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

40:38

Peter Clarke (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:26

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

39:29

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matty Fryatt.

39:08

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Reid.

38:16

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

38:16

Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:55

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:55

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

34:30

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:30

Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool).

33:42

Attempt missed. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.

32:51

Attempt missed. Tony McMahon (Blackpool) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left. Assisted by John Lundstram.

32:16

Foul by Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).

32:16

Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Blackpool 0. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

29:01

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest).

29:01

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:10

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a corner.

27:41

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Andrea Orlandi.

26:29

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Harding.

24:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Blackpool 0. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

24:09

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Matty Fryatt.

18:56

Attempt missed. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Lundstram following a set piece situation.

18:21

Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:21

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

17:37

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:37

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

13:35

Foul by Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest).

13:35

Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:05

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tomasz Cywka.

9:25

Attempt missed. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Cohen.

7:18

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

6:20

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:20

Foul by John Lundstram (Blackpool).

1:33

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Blackpool).

1:33

Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:26

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:26

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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