Blackpool's Wembley View
WorsleySeasider writes about 'Pool's fantastic 2-0 playoff final victory against Yeovil Town.
Well, has it sunk in yet?? Blackpool are in the Championship!!
For me it will be the first time watching the Mighty out of the bottom divisions, being only 7 when we last played there, but the prospect of playing some of the teams in that fixture list really does make the hairs on my neck stand on end. I actually think we can match many of the teams up there to. Yes we will need strengthening, but Larry has already shown he can build a team and should be allowed to continue to do so. Our problem will be matching teams week in and week out, as I am confident in a single game there are not may we couldn`t get a result against. One thing is for sure, every true Tangerine has already got 10am 14th June in their diary for release of the fixtures. I for one am currently stalling Mrs Worsley until then for any more holidays to be booked until after that date!
It is strange writing a Vital View of the game, because I cannot remember much of the match at all, the whole day itself flew past and never have 18 hours gone past so quick. Watching it back (again and again!!) afterwards I remember glimpses, passages of play, but nerves took hold of me and many others around me during that 90mins and time seemed to pass us by.
Beforehand talking in the pub our biggest fear was that the team wouldn`t turn up, but thankfully the players that have put together the most amazing winning streak came out all guns blazing from the start. Unlike the first 20mins in the home semi, Pool were on the attack from the first whistle and within 10-15 mins in we could have been at least 2 up and I actually started to believe we would win it. The first half was a blur, missed chances galore, but deep down I was beginning to feel that the goal was just a matter of time. When Keigan won a free kick on the edge of the area, a buzz went round the Pool fans, and up stepped Robbie - BetFred must have lost a fortune on him as first goalscorer!!! - and although not his best strike this year, the net bulged and cue wild tangerine celebrations. Early in the second half when KP did what we all know he is capable of it and scored a goal that if had been scored last week in the FA Cup Final, you would be seeing for the 417th time on Sky by now, it was sheer relief that went through the Pool fans as people began to realise we were going to do it. To be honest after that Pool never looked back, despite the second half being the complete opposite of the first, and seeming to take forever, and Stewart somehow missing THAT header, Pool controlled the game. Something many friends have told me since, and watching it back, we DID control and dominate the game, so much more than I thought at the time, it was not just that Yeovil were poor, we bossed them all over the park!
At the final whistle grown men did cry, and good on them I say - after paying to watch some of the rubbish they have over 29 years from the club they have given their lives to, the club they love are back on the footballing map!
So as we say goodbye to the LDV and the first two rounds of the FA Cup, we can move up to derby games NOT against Oldham and the Bindippers, but our "TRUE' RIVALS- BRING IT ON!!!
More Wembley views to follow in the week...