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Blackpool vs Nottingham Forest FA Cup replay PAUSED as medics rush to emergency in crowd and players call for help

BLACKPOOL and Nottingham Forest’s FA Cup clash was temporarily halted in extra-time due to a medical emergency before Chris Wood spared the Premier League side’s blushes.

With the scores locked at 2-2 on the stroke of the break in the additional 30 minutes, the referee blew early after an incident in the away end.

Play was halted in the FA Cup clash between Blackpool and Nottingham Forest

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Play was halted in the FA Cup clash between Blackpool and Nottingham ForestCredit: Reuters
Players spotted the calls for help from the away end and notified the official

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Players spotted the calls for help from the away end and notified the officialCredit: Reuters
Team medics raced over to the incident to offer assistance to the stricken supporter

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Team medics raced over to the incident to offer assistance to the stricken supporterCredit: ITV Sport
Chris Wood then secured the win for Forest shortly after the medical emergency

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Chris Wood then secured the win for Forest shortly after the medical emergencyCredit: Reuters

Players saw the calls for help from supporters in the visiting section and notified the official, who opted to call time on the first period a few seconds early.

Club medics raced over to the stands to attend to the ill supporter as the players headed towards the dug-outs on the opposite side of the pitch.

Play restarted after a short delay as the team medics heading back to their respective benches, while applause could be heard moments later from the Forest fans as the ill individual was presumably taken away for further assistance.

That came after Forest’s week of woe had continued as they were pegged back by plucky Blackpool in normal time – forcing the unwanted extra-time – before Wood eventually gave Forest fans something to smile about.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were told on Monday they are facing a points deduction for failing to meet the Prem’s financial guidelines.

They looked to be giving their fans something to smile about at Bloomfield Road as Andrew Omobamidele and Danilo put them firmly in charge.

But the League One outfit staged a spirited late fightback to take the third round replay to extra time.

Visiting fans would have made the trip to the seaside with some trepidation – as their team were knocked out here last season.

They feared a repeat in the original tie 10 days ago – as they slipped two goals behind before coming back to force a replay themselves. 

All the ingredients seemed to be here for an upset with Forest missing six players due to the African Cup of Nations.

The Seasiders have won nine of their last 10 home games in the league and it was a freezing night on the Fylde Coast, which nobody would have relished.

Yet Forest settled well and almost took an early lead as Murillo’s low header was clawed away by Daniel Grimshaw.

Nuno’s men were ahead in the 16th minute as Ryan Yates flicked on a corner at the near post.

Republic of Ireland defender Andrew Omobamidele arrived at the back stick to sweep home and mark his first start for the club with a goal.

The £11 million signing picked up a shirt with a message for team-mate Cheikhou Kouyate – who is away with Senegal at AFCON but mourning the death of his father.

The visitors were firmly in control all half and emerged after the break determined to finish the tie off.

Albie Morgan’s back pass put Grimshaw in trouble and Dominguez got his toe in first,with the keeper getting injured in the process.

Danilo was on hand to stroke home despite a valiant last ditch effort from Ekpiteta to keep it out on the line.

Grimshaw tried to continue but was forced off minutes later with Richard O’Donnell replacing him between the sticks.

It seemed to all be going wrong for the Seasiders – but then on the hour they suddenly had a lifeline.

Morgan made amends for his earlier error when Murillo failed to clear his lines for the visitors.

The former Charlton midfielder took it down and thumped home a rising shot from the edge of the box in emphatic style – and suddenly the League One side were back in it.

A triple sub made by Critchley gave his team some extra energy and belief and one of them Kyle Joseph came up with the equaliser seven minutes later.

Andy Lyons hung up a swirling cross from the left which nobody from Forest seemed to fancy but Scotland Under 21 forward Joseph did – nodding in at the back post.

In 10 minutes of added time, Karamoko Dembele went round the keeper and looked certain to complete a famous win – but Orel Mangala got back to clear off the line before the drama would unfold in the stand in extra-time.

O’Donnell saved well to deny Danilo early in the first period of extra time and the game looked to be drifting towards penalties *

But early in the second period, after a smart Domingues pass, Ryan Yates fired a low ball across the face of goal and Wood was there to turn in seconds after the delay.

A fourth round trip to Bristol City, the conquerors of West Ham, is hardly likely to solve all the financial worries at the City Ground – but it can’t hurt.

Both medics headed to the away end to offer help to the ill fan

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Both medics headed to the away end to offer help to the ill fanCredit: ITV Sport
Players headed to the dug-out after the ref had blown his whistle

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Players headed to the dug-out after the ref had blown his whistleCredit: ITV Sport
Chris Wood scored the winner shortly after the restart to seal a 3-2 victory for Forest

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Chris Wood scored the winner shortly after the restart to seal a 3-2 victory for ForestCredit: Rex
The matchwinner held up a shirt in tribute to Cheikhou Kouyate’s late father after his goal

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The matchwinner held up a shirt in tribute to Cheikhou Kouyate’s late father after his goalCredit: Reuters

FA CUP FOURTH ROUND

Here’s the draw in full:

Watford vs Southampton

Blackburn Rovers vs Wrexham

Bournemouth vs Swansea

West Brom vs Wolves

Bristol City vs Nottingham Forest

Leicester vs Birmingham

Sheffield Wednesday vs Coventry

Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Ipswich vs Maidstone United

Liverpool vs Norwich

Tottenham vs Manchester City

Leeds vs Plymouth Argyle

Everton vs Luton

Newport vs Manchester United

Sheffield United vs Brighton

Fulham vs Newcastle

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