Football - Ince sees red over Osbourne

Blackpool manager Paul Ince made no attempt to disguise who he blamed for the Seasiders not leaving the City Ground with three survival points and having to settle for a 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest.

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South Yorkshire referee Craig Pawson was on the receiving end of Ince's ire after Blackpool had seen midfielder Isaiah Osbourne sent off when they were leading and in the end the visitors had to settle for a draw. They had gone ahead through Ludovic Sylvestre's 27th-minute strike but following Osbourne's 58th-minute red card, Forest substitute Lewis McGugan equalised.

"We were robbed... totally robbed. It was a poor decision from the referee and I thought he had had a good game up until then," Ince said.

"I know officials have got the hardest job in the world but I just think at this stage of the season when so much depends on going up and staying down, referees have got to get the big decisions right.

"The linesman has flagged for a free-kick for us and Isaiah has been pushed into the other player. The red card was unbelievable.

"Up until then we had looked comfortable and Forest had run out of ideas but it gave them a lifeline.

"It was a good game until then with two teams having two different sets of game plans. But I thought we were doing really well and with a bit of luck could have been ahead early on when Nathan Delfouneso hit the bar."

Forest boss Billy Davies said: "It was a frustrating afternoon for us because of the type of game plan our opponents had.

"But it is credit to our players that teams are coming here and sitting so deep - they are aware of the attacking threat we have.

"We had seven corners to their one, had 18 shots against their four and had over 80 per cent possession but we needed to be a bit more patient and increase our quality in the final third. We were pedestrian in the first half."

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