Aug 9, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​City Ground
Nott'm ForestNottingham Forest
2-0
Blackpool
Antonio (25'), Burke (30')
Hunt (64')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Mellis (76'), Orlandi (81')

Team News: Stuart Pearce names seven Nottingham Forest debutants

Team News: Pearce names seven Forest debutants
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Stuart Pearce names no fewer than seven debutants for his first game as Nottingham Forest manager in the clash with Blackpool.

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce has named no fewer than seven debutants in his starting XI for the clash with Blackpool in their first game of the Championship season.

Pearce has opted for a new-look Forest side in his first game in charge, with summer recruits Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt spearheading the attack.

Elsewhere, Chris Burke and Michail Antonio line up in midfield, while Michael Mancienne and Jack Hunt make their bow in defense alongside Danny Fox, who sealed a permanent switch to the City Ground in May.

Karl Darlow, who secured a move to Newcastle United this afternoon, will start in goal after being loaned back to the Reds for the season.

Meanwhile, Blackpool, who had just eight players on their books 12 days ago, have named just 15 players in their matchday squad after enduring a summer of turmoil.

Goalkeeper Joe Lewis makes his debut for the Seasiders, as do Andrea Orlandi and John Lundstram, while Nathan Delfouneso spearheads the Tangerine attack.

In consequence of their off-the-field problems, manager Jose Riga names just four substitutes on the bench.

Nottingham Forest: Darlow; Harding, Fox, Mancienne, Hunt; Reid, Burke, Antonio, Cohen; Fryatt; Assombalonga

Blackpool: Lewis; McMahon, Clarke, Daniels, Perkins; Lundstram, Mellis, Cywka, Orlandi; Zenjov, Delfouneso

Manager Jose Riga of Charlton Athletic looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town at The Valley on March 12, 2014
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