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Blackpool vs. Cardiff

Wembley Stadium

Saturday 22nd May 2010


On Sky

The Playoff Final - Blackpool v Cardiff

I could dress this match preview up in flamboyant hyperbole, but I don't need to. The media have done it for me, and anyone who has any understanding of football and/or the Seasiders knows how important tomorrow's match is anyway.

What I will say is that tomorrow afternoon could make or break our beloved football club: win, and things may never be the same again, but lose, and we may never scale such heights again.

In saying that though, there's no pressure on us - the pressure is all on Cardiff. No one expected us to go within ninety minutes of the Premier League, and we can only hope that the heroes in white and tangerine once again force people across the world to eat their words.


Vital Quotes:

Ian Holloway admits that Blackpool may never get a better opportunity to reach the Premier League than tomorrow afternoon:

'This is it. It's crunch time. We could do something absolutely marvellous, something that no one expected - this is our time to step forward and show what we're made of.

'I don't think we'll ever have a better chance. We might not ever get it again, to do something that hasn't been done for 40 years.

'We will certainly try our best. We'll go to Wembley and play attacking football whatever. That's why I think it could potentially be one of the best ever games in the Championship play-off.

'If it ends 5-4 I don't care as long as we've got the five.

'That's how we're approaching it and I know (Cardiff boss) Dave Jones will be the same because his team don't know any different either.'

Blackpool Team News:

Ian Holloway is expected to name the same eleven that battered Forest, although Stephen Dobbie is pushing for a start after his performance from the bench at the City Ground.

Hameur Bouazza is an outside bet to make the subs' bench.

Player to watch: Charlie Adam

I was inclined to go for the cliched answer of 'all of them', but I've gone for Charlie.

The player himself admits that he's been holding back during the past few games for fear of picking up a booking which would have ruled him out of tomorrow's game.

However, the shackles are off now and you can guarentee that he'll be giving it his all tomorrow. Provided that he doesn't always go for the Hollywood pass, Charlie has the ability to run tomorrow's game on a big Wembley pitch.

Cardiff Team News:

Peter Whittingham is expected to feature despite an injury concern earlier in the week.

Anthony Gerrard is expected to return to the side at the heart of the defence.

Player to watch: Chris Burke

A tough choice, but Burke gets the nod.

He's scored and created numerous goals this season and the Bluebirds will be looking for the winger to ping the ball to Jay Bothroyd, and give the target man the opportunity to bring the likes of Michael Chopra, Ross McCormack, Peter Whittingham and Joe Ledley into play.

A mention to Cardiff's keeper David Marshall as well, who is one of the best in the division and will prove difficult to beat.

Match Facts & Stats

There's only one fact/stat that you really need to know: the winners will be promoted to the Premier League.

Ref Watch:

Andre Marriner will be the man in the middle tomorrow, and hopefully he'll perform as well as Mark Clattenburg did at the City Ground last week. Hopefully the game won't be settled by a contentious decision either. Marriner has officiated thirty six games this season, showing one hundred and fifteen yellows and ten reds. His last Blackpool game was the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in January last year.

Match Prediction:

I have refused to predict the results over our last few games on here, and will be refusing again for this one - if it ain't broke, why fix it?! In saying that, if we play at our best, I think we'll win. Fingers crossed we do.

Next Fixtures:

Our next game (minus pre-season friendlies) will either be a Premier League match or another Championship match.

I know which one I'd prefer...

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Writer: Eamonn Moore  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 21 2010

Time: 12:18PM

Your Comments

Have a good day boys and girls.
Congratulations guys, a well deserved win... (A very happy Swansea fan)
Surely our best away venue of next season has just been confirmed! Congratulations from Vital Man City!
Johnny Baguette
Well played Blackpool....! Good to have you on board, just hope the fixtures send us your way for a bank holiday weekend ;-) Congratulations from all at Vital Wolves
Congrats Blackpool. Good to have you in the Premier League keeping the Lancs end up. From all at Vital Bolton.
Quentin X
Yell well done Blackpool. Good game and fully deserved.
SFC Forever
well done blackpool caongratulations
* congratulations
Well done The Seasiders, really made my weekend, good luck next season. a VERY VERY happy Swansea fan
great game well done blackpool and good luck next season from all the swansea fans
see you all at Stamford Bridge then folks!
Welldone Blackpool a well deserved victory lets hope you can keep up there with the big boys.
Well done Seasiders! Go give them 'big boys' hell!
well done lads best thing that happened all weekend.Will
vic mobley
well done lads best thing that happened all weekend.Will
vic mobley
well done lads the best news all weekend .Will keep a keen eye on your results very envious owls fan
vic mobley
Heartiest congratulations boys and girls, I'm made up for you all - have a great time.
South Bank Tiger
Well done and looking forward to meeting again from all at Vital Wigan
Great to see you guys in there no doubt with olly the loon in charge you'l be a breath of fresh air. Congratulations and enjoy.
congratutations lads...just goes to show that promotion can be achieved without spending big. so glad cardiff lossed as they thought all they had to do was turn up...they will be in financial ruined now. bet blackpools rocking tonight!!
Thanks everyone :)
Just popped over from VA to carry on the show of love for Blackpool. A fantastic season ended with the deserved reward of the PL. Well done lads and see you all at The Grove. The price of a beer will frighten you !!!!!!
Cockney Rich
Nice 1,chuffed to bits for you all from Bradford City.
BigBadBobbyC 9
Congratulations! Best of luck for next season. Hope you manage to stay up!
congrats folks, see you at Villa Park!
The Fear
Just think, next season your in the top list of vital clubs. Well done blackpool, fully deserved and brilliantly done. Goodluck next season and i look forward to some banter with you boys on vitalspurs.
well done. but its only a matter of time before you go down.go away swansea!!!

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