Steve Cotterill hails "amazing" Dexter Blackstock comeback

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Steve Cotterill sings the praises of Dexter Blackstock after the player scores his first goals since overcoming an injury that could have "finished him".

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill has expressed his delight for Dexter Blackstock after the striker scored twice to earn a crucial 2-1 win at Birmingham City.

The goals were Blackstock's first since overcoming a cruciate knee ligament injury that kept him out of action for 13 months and threatened to end his career.

Cotterill was full of praise for the 25-year-old, who has made 11 appearances this season since returning in December.

"There have been signs over the last three weeks that he has been coming back to his old form," he said.

"All credit to him to come back from the injury. It has been amazing. He has had a real bad injury and has shown great character.

"He has done remarkably well to come back and play. That is how bad the injury was and it could easily have finished him."

Blackstock signed from Queens Park Rangers in 2009 and scored 14 goals in his first full season at the City Ground.

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