• Date: Sun 02 May 2010
  • Venue: Bloomfield Road
  • Ref: Mathieson, S
  • Attendance: 12,296
Blackpool

Blackpool

Ormerod (54)

1 - 1
Bristol City

Bristol City

Maynard (16)

Blackpool vs Bristol City

Team Lineups

Blackpool

Matt Gilks
Stephen Crainey
Ian Evatt
Alex John-Baptiste
Seamus Coleman
Keith Southern
David Vaughan (Barry Bannan, 81)
Charlie Adam
Brett Ormerod
Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Ben Burgess, 82)
DJ Campbell (Stephen Dobbie, 49)

Bristol City

Dean Gerken
Bradley Orr
Louis Carey
Lewin Nyatanga
Gary Sawyer
Marvin Elliott
Paul Hartley (Liam Fontaine, 82)
Cole Skuse (Lee Johnson, 30)
Ivan Sproule (John Akinde, 62)
Jamal Campbell-Ryce
Nicky Maynard

Match Report
Brett Ormerod rolled back the years as his vital diving header sent Blackpool into the play-offs following a 1-1 draw with Bristol City at Bloomfield Road. With a rumoured £5million bonus put up by Seasiders president Valeri Belokon if his team reaches the Premier League, everything was staked. Blackpool needed Swansea to be held at Doncaster and, with that match finishing two minutes earlier, the draw at Bloomfield Road proved almost incidental as the crowd invaded the pitch. Ormerod's goal came on 52 minutes after the striker was fouled by Louis Carey just outside the penalty area. Scotland international Charlie Adam delivered the perfect free-kick which Ormerod flung himself at full length to head into the top corner. City had gone ahead silencing the vocal home support on 17 minutes. The goal came direct from a goal-kick by Dean Gerken which eluded the Blackpool defence. Nicky Maynard latched onto it and volleyed beautifully over Matt Gilks, who was perhaps too far off his line. Blackpool had far more creativity in midfield thanks to the promptings of Adam and the tireless David Vaughan, but it was at the back where the Seasiders based their victory with a powerful display from centre half Ian Evatt and Seamus Coleman. It took Blackpool time to recover from Maynard's stunner and after the game Blackpool manager Ian Holloway went onto the pitch and said: "Never in my life have I seen such a performance from a group of lads written off by everyone at the start of the season - we can go all the way." City refused to lay down and, if Gilks had been at fault for their goal, the Blackpool keeper made amends with a superb save from Jamal Campbell-Ryce in the final stages. Blackpool swept back into attack and substitute striker Ben Burgess could so easily have wrapped up a victory but his header clipped the top of the bar.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

82
Substitution
 

Gary Taylor-Fletcher is replaced by Ben Burgess.

82
Substitution
 

Bristol City are replacing Paul Hartley with Liam Fontaine.

81
Substitution
 

Blackpool are replacing David Vaughan with Barry Bannan.

78
Yellow Card
 

John Akinde goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

77
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Paul Hartley.

62
Substitution
 

Ivan Sproule is replaced by John Akinde.

60
Yellow Card
 

Ivan Sproule is booked for unsporting behaviour.

54
Goal
 

Goal!! Blackpool have scored with Brett Ormerod putting it in the back of the net.

53
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Louis Carey.

49
Substitution
 

Blackpool are replacing Dudley Campbell with Stephen Dobbie.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 1.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

30
Substitution
 

Bristol City are replacing Cole Skuse with Lee Johnson.

16
Goal
 

Goal!! Bristol City have scored with Nicky Maynard putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Blackpool face Bristol City at 1pm on Sunday, May 2nd.