Stuart Pearce enjoys a winning start as Nottingham Forest manager following the 2-0 win over Blackpool on week one of the Championship.
have kicked off the new Championship season with a win by beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 at the County Ground in Stuart Pearce's first game in charge. Blackpool © Getty Images
First-half strikes from debutants
and Michail Antonio sent Forest well on their way against a depleted Blackpool side, who could name just four substitutes on the bench following a turbulent summer. Chris Burke
The Seasiders nearly had their turmoil compounded on eight minutes when Antonio headed a Burke cross wide of the mark.
's side settled, however, and fired a warning shot at the Reds when Jose Riga headed a Nathan Delfouneso free kick into the side-netting. John Lundstram
They failed to build on that promise and Antonio bagged the first goal of the Pearce era on 25 minutes, drilling underneath goalkeeper
after Joe Lewis struck the post. Andy Reid
It got worse for Blackpool five minutes later as Burke added a second by curling beyond the reach of Lewis from outside the area to give Riga's men a mountain to climb.
should have followed his teammates in bagging debut goals, but the former Peterborough United hitman was denied by Lewis on 52 minutes. Britt Assombalonga
Blackpool refused to go quietly, though, as
came close to halving the deficit on two occasions, while Andrea Orlandi then forced Jacob Mellis into a smart save. Karl Darlow
However, their pressure petered out and Nottingham Forest held on to mark the beginning of the new season in winning style.
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