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Birmingham v Blackpool: Play Off Semi- Final (second leg)

by Football Reporters 2011 - 2012

Birmingham 2-2 Blackpool
(agg 2 - 3)

The Championship play-offs never seize to amaze, and it was the case again as Birmingham nearly pulled off one of the great end-of-season comebacks against the exciting exuberance of Blackpool. Leading 1-0 from the first leg, goals from Stephen Dobbie and Matt Phillips just before and after half-time had looked to have put the tie beyond doubt for Ian Holloway's team. However, goals from Nikola Zigic and Curtis Davies made for a nerve-jangling final half hour.

Wembley will now be invaded by Tangerines next Saturday, as their team once again compete for a place in the Premier League.

Blackpool's expectation levels are greater than two years ago. But Sam Allardyce and his Hammers stand in the way of their being top-flight entertainers come August. Holloway said: "We're going to get home and then try and take on someone who has finished 11 points above us and beat us 8-1 over the two legs this season. You don't get a bigger test than that."

WinkBall video reporters were there to capture all the passion and emotion of the fans as well as speaking to Blackpool players, Matthew Gilks and Matt Phillips.

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