May 19, 2012



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West Ham United


14:00 +00:00, May 19, 2012

Wembley Stadium, London, England

Referee: Howard Webb


    Kevin Nolan lifts the trophy high and the dreams of many in East London are realised. The Premier League awaits.


    There are Bubbles blowing everywhere... The West Ham support is in raptures. They are back in the top-flight.




    Sam Allardyce has taken the Hammers into the Premier League, in a season where two of his previous sides were relegated.


    Ricardo Vaz Te's tenth goal in his last eleven appearances wins promotion for West Ham.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME Blackpool 1-2 West Ham

  • 90'

    Long ball forward from Evatt runs out for a goal-kick to West Ham. Time is up...

  • 90'

    Appeals for a Blackpool penalty. Rightly not given. Several fouls in the build-up though.

  • 90'

    West Ham holding the ball in the corner. One and a half minutes left.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added time...

  • 90'

    Blackpool flinging the ball into the area. West Ham clearing each time

  • 90'

    Nouha Dicko replaces Stephen Dobbie; Roman Bednar on for Martinez

  • 89'

    Blackpool almost produce an immediate response at the other end. Dobbie's low cross is inches away from the outstretched leg of Thomas Ince.

  • 87'

    GOAL Blackpool 1-2 West Ham Vaz Te with a huge goal!!! Carlton Cole spins and looks to shoot, but Gilks smothers. The ball comes to Ricardo Vaz Te to prod home.

  • 86'

    Chance for West Ham as a long free-kick is lobbed into the box. Tomkins heads over.

  • 85'

    Brief delay once more as Vaz Te receives treatment.

  • 84'

    West Ham have a succession of corners, but they all come to nothing. Free-kick eventyally given against Vaz Te.

  • 83'

    Low free-kick from Dobbie is easily claimed by Rob Green. Long way out, but on target at least.

  • 82'

    Collison once more looks to get a shot away. This time he is crowded out by a wall of defenders.

  • 81'

    Blackpool got away with one there. So close to West Ham taking a big step towards the Premier League.

  • 80'

    OFF THE BAR Kevin Nolan with a sweetly struck back-post volley, tipped onto the bar by Gilks. Stunning strike, equally good save

  • 79'

    Just over ten minutes to go. Can either side book a place in the Premier League

  • 78'

    Collison decides he is going for glory and cuts in from the left. His right-foot shot though is not quite as he pictured. High and never threatening.

  • 77'

    Thomas Ince celebrates after netting a leveller at Wembley

  • 76'

    Blackpool once more looking for the breakthrough and Ince is in behind the defence... Offside!

  • 75'

    Stephen Dobbie almost catches out Robert Green. A low snapshot from outside the area is well dealt with low to his right by Robert Green.

  • 73'

    At the other end, Thomas Ince tricks past two opponents, but Winston Reid gets in at the third attempt.

  • 72'

    West Ham push into the Blackpool area, but Carlton Cole's control is poor and Gilks gathers.

  • 71'

    Ludovic Sylvestre replaces Kevin Phillips

  • 70'

    Corner taken and it's pinball in the West Ham area. Both Matty Phillips and Baptiste have great chances, but in the end it is Baptiste who fires over at the second attempt.

  • 70'

    Corner to Blackpool as Stephen Dobbie's attempted 30 yard curler is deflected wide.

  • 68'

    West Ham get forward in response with Vaz Te, but his cross from the right is poor. Gilks gathers low.

  • 67'

    HUGE MISS Flowing Blackpool counter, Eardley gets forward down the right and crosses low. Ince can't reach the cross, but it finds Dobbie who scuffs wide from 10 yards.

  • 66'

    Now, Phillips is in the centre and has an ambitious effort from 30 yards. Well wide. Not gone right for him today.

  • 65'

    Blackpool push down the left, but Matty Phillips is well tracked by Julian Faubert.

  • 64'

    A real battle now. End to end and neither team holding back with their challenges.

  • 63'

    Big save from Gilks. Carlton Cole spins Ian Evatt and fires a shot at goal. Gilks gets down well to save.

  • 62'

    Blackpool now the side on the back-foot...

  • 61'

    Penalty area scramble as West Ham push forward. Jack Collison should bury his chance, but scuffs the shot. Offside given against Vaz Te.

  • 59'

    The game has lost a bit of momentum with the changes and straight away a half-chance for Carlton Cole.

  • 57'

    Faubert replaces Demel

  • 56'

    Brief stoppage now as Guy Demel receives treatment.

  • 55'

    STAT Second-half possession: Blackpool 79%-21% West Ham

  • 54'

    Ince's pace down the right is terrifying West Ham in this second-half. They need to find a way of keeping him quiet and quickly.

  • 53'

    Gary O'Neil replaced by George McCartney

  • 52'

    Now Dobbie has beaten the offside trap. The Swansea-loanee cuts inside, but Reid is there to tackle once again.

  • 51'

    Still Blackpool come. This time Ince's cross from the right is headed clear by Winston Reid.

  • 50'

    The Tangerine Army are in full voice now...

  • 49'

    SO CLOSE Baptiste marauds up from centre-back and really should head home a lofted through ball. Goes with his foot instead and it's cleared off the line.

  • 49'

    Playing with their tails up also. Good period of possession.

  • 48'

    That really mixes things up. Ince's eighth goal of the season and Blackpool are right back in the game.

  • 47'

    GOAL West Ham 1-1 Blackpool Ince scores!!! Raking ball from the left-back position finds Ince racing down the right, tidy finish into the far corner!

  • 46'

    Immediate free-kick to West Ham. Matt Taylor takes, towards the far-post, but cleared.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF is go, go, go...


    Blackpool need to come out firing. Ian Holloway can earn his corn with this half-time team-talk.


    Blackpool had started well, but West Ham started to dominate the game after the opening twenty-minutes. The quality of Carlton Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te causing problems for the Blackpool defence.


    Carlton Cole celebrates with his team-mates after opening the scoring at Wembley

  • 45'

    HALF TIME at Wembley. Blackpool 0-1 West Ham

  • 45'

    One minute added time...

  • 44'

    Game seems to easing down towards half-time. Blackpool pushing forward, slowly.

  • 43'

    Hit long towards Evatt who wins his header on the left of the area, the ball falls to Martinez who fires well over.

  • 42'

    Free-kick to Blackpool near half-way as Tomkins bundles over Phillips.

  • 41'

    Kevin Phillips is the latest player to be caught offside as he looks to pull Blackpool back into the game. Set off too early this time.

  • 40'

    West Ham still threatening with every attack. This time Gilks has to be sharp to claim a cross, with Vaz Te lurking.

  • 39'

    Matt Phillips misses a good early chance for Blackpool

  • 38'

    Vaz Te once more with a brilliant chance. Gets in behind Baptiste once more and the ball across is perfect, but Vaz Te pokes wide with the goal at his mercy.

  • 37'

    The attack comes to an end with a sloppy pass, but they quickly come again.

  • 36'

    West Ham are rallying and they pile forward again...

  • 35'

    That changes things completely. Lovely goal, fitting of the occasion.

  • 34'

    GOAL Blackpool 0-1 West Ham Carlton Cole grabs a goal!!! Rapid counter, Matty Taylor's inch-perfect ball picks out Carlton Cole, who holds off his man brilliantly to fire home.

  • 33'

    Thomas Ince skips past Matty Taylor in the left-back position and then past another. His pull back finds Dobbie, who fires over.

  • 32'

    Once again, the ball reaches Tomkins at the back post from the corner. Headed back across goal and Crainey heads clear.

  • 31'

    Matthew Taylor almost curls in a corner directly, before from the second attempt, Tomkins heads over.

  • 30'

    Marry Taylor now gets behind Neal Eardley once more and fires a great low ball across goal. Evatt clears for a corner.

  • 29'

    Martinez is the latest Blackpool player to avert danger with some fine defending. Vaz Te slipped in Carlton Cole down the left, but Martinez had covered back from midfield to knick the ball away.

  • 27'

    Now it is Blackpool who need to get into the game once more. West Ham's midfield starting to bully.

  • 26'

    Jack Collison is the latest player to get a shot on goal. Receives the ball on the right and looks to curl the ball left-footed into the corner. Well, well wide.

  • 25'

    At the other end, Baptiste defends similarly well to deny Vaz Te.

  • 24'

    Now it's Blackpool looking to get down the left. Phillips runs at Tomkins and the Welshman holds up well.

  • 23'

    Once more West Ham look for Vaz Te. This time with a raking cross to the far post. Baptiste heads clear.

  • 22'

    Decent effort from Carlton Cole. Mark Noble crosses and Cole rises to head over from near the penalty spot.

  • 21'

    Better few minutes for West Ham after that Blackpool pressure.

  • 20'

    Ricardo Vaz Te has been the best outlet for West Ham so far. Gets behind right-back Neal Eardley this time and when the ball is returned to him, unleashs a shot into the side netting.

  • 19'

    West Ham look to slip in Carlton Cole down the right channel. Ian Evatt, though, stands firm and robs Cole of the ball.

  • 18'

    Matty Taylor gets down the left for West Ham. His cross is tame and Gilks claims.

  • 17'

    Blackpool look to be the more comfortable side on the ball. West Ham's threat much more direct. But, still a big threat.

  • 16'

    West Ham are rocking at the moment. Blackpool need to take their chances though.

  • 15'

    AND AGAIN Matty Phillips does wonderfully this time. Guy Demel makes a big mistake and Phillips cuts in from the left and curls the ball just past the far post. Unlucky.

  • 14'

    BIG CHANCE Matty Phillips is through on-goal, with a defender hot on his heels. His shot though is tame, with only the keeper to beat. Rolled at Robert Green.

  • 13'

    Understandably, Blackpool looking to Thomas Ince to get down the right-flank. The pass to him this time is poor.

  • 12'

    It's all action, but sloppy. Plenty of misplaced passes and Carlton Cole living offside.

  • 11'

    STAT Possession: Blackpool 54%-46% West Ham

  • 10'

    Vaz Te does brilliantly down the left, squaring up his man, but his left foot cross is very poor.

  • 9'

    Stephen Dobbie looks to run at the defence, loses possession though and Tomkins emerges with the ball.

  • 8'

    High octane start. Both teams looking to move the ball forward with pace. Neither side prepared to give an inch.

  • 7'

    West Ham now look to fling the ball into the area and only a fine header from Baptiste prevents Vaz Te a fine opportunity.

  • 6'

    Really good spell from Blackpool, that is until Angel Martinez blasts a long ball wildly off-target.

  • 5'

    Blackpool calm play down in the middle of the park. Looking to assert authority.

  • 4'

    A major let-off for West Ham there. Both sides look threatening.

  • 3'

    POST Stephen Dobbie takes advantage of some awful West Ham defending to get behind Matthew Taylor. His shot is powerful and Rob Green does well to save onto the post.

  • 2'

    West Ham almost in once more... Vaz Te flagged offside.

  • 1'

    Kevin Nolan immediately looks to spring an attack for West Ham, but his pass is too heavy for Carlton Cole.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF at Wembley


    Right, the teams are ready. The fans are ready. The officials are ready. Kick-off is upon us...


    The teams are being introduced to the respective dignitaries and now it's time for the national anthem.


    Both sides looking to return to the Premier League at the first attempt. They are in the tunnel. Let's go


    West Ham are unchanged from the second-half of the play-off semi-final. Gary Taylor-Fletcher misses out for Blackpool, in comes Kevin Phillips.


    Jimmy Armfield and Trevor Brooking on the pitch. Heroes of both clubs involved.


    TEAM NEWS West Ham: Green, Demel, Reid, Tomkins, Taylor, O'Neil, Noble, Nolan, Collison, Cole, Vaz Te. Subs: Henderson, McCartney, Maynard, Faubert, Lansbury.


    TEAM NEWS Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Baptiste, Evatt, Crainey, Ferguson, Dobbie, Angel, Ince, Matt Phillips, Kevin Phillips. Subs: Southern, Sylvestre, Cathcart, Dicko, Bednar.


    It's the biggest match of the day (for some) as Blackpool and West Ham meet at Wembley to decide who will reach the promised land of the Premier League