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|David Vaughan (Barry Bannan, 90)|
|Brett Ormerod (Stephen Dobbie, 60)|
|Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Ben Burgess, 53)|
|Kevin McNaughton (Anthony Gerrard, 74)|
|Chris Burke (Ross McCormack, 58)|
|Jay Bothroyd (Kelvin Etuhu, 15)|
FULL-TIME: BLACKPOOL 3-2 CARDIFF CITY
Orange-clad fans are beginning to celebrate the most unlikely of promotions to the Premier League as we enter the closing seconds
Vaughan heads off to be replaced by Barry Bannan as more precious seconds tick away
Four minutes will be added to this nail-biting game for stoppages
The Seasiders were simply brilliant in the first half and a little unlucky to concede twice so nobody can say they don't deserve to win this game
The promised land is just seconds away for Blackpool now and thy are managing to run the clock down with some much-needed possession in the Cardiff half
Supporters from both sides can barely bring themselves to watch these closing moments but for very different reasons!
Cardiff are dominating possession but every long ball forward is being returned with interest as more minutes tick away
Ian Holloway is urging his players on from the technical area as the Seasiders are just minutes away from the most unlikely of places in the Premier League
Blake runs past two tacklers but his low shot is straight at the keeper who holds well under pressure
These are nervous times for Blackpool fans as their team is being pinned back almost in their own penalty area
McCormark sends an ambitious angled effort into the side-netting as Cardiff continue to knock at the door
Gilks gets away with a howler as he flaps at a high ball under pressure from Chopra and the ball shaves the upright on its way behind. There was no whistle for a free-kick so any goal would have counted
Dave Jones is urging his players on but time is beginning to tick away on Cardiff's Premier League dream
Instead McNaughton limps off and is replaced by Anthony Gerrard and Cardiff only have 10 and a half men!
McPhail is really struggling to shake off the knee problem and is set to be replaced
Chopra turns away in disgust after being sent sprawling by Crainey when looking to latch on to a Whittingham throughball. Perhaps it's just not going to be Cardiff's day?
In a reversal of roles from the first half it is Blackpool now struggling to get the ball out of their own half. Ian Holloway looks concerned in the technical area
McCormack cuts inside his marker but drags a poor right-foot shot well wide of the target from distance
Stephen McPhail's afternoon might be over following a strong tackle in the centre circle. He's stayed down and his knee looks to be the problem. He's up but for how long?
Matt Gilks has his palms stung by a first-time shot from Etuhu after a swift break led by Chopra
Cardiff are turning the screw now and it's all hands on pump at the back for Blackpool at the moment
Stephen Dobbie comes on for Ormerod for the Seasiders
Ledley meets a corner with a glancing header which drifts just wide of the mark. That had equalising goal written all over it!
Adam drags an ambitious 25-yard shot wide of the target as Blackpool go straight up the other end and threaten
Burke is replaced by Ross McCormack for Cardiff
Chopra slams a rising shot from 18 yards off the top of the bar after keeping himself just onside. That was a warning to Blackpool that this game is far from over
The quality of the first half has dropped away a little but that's understandable in these sweltering conditions
Adam spots the keeper off his line but his shot from inside his own half is way off target and the Cardiff fans let him know about it!
Taylor-Fletcher is carrying a knock and is replaced by Ben Burgess for Blackpool
Campbell twists and turns in the box but his shot deflects away to safety off the body of Blake amid calls for a handball
Adam is lucky to escape a caution after two late tackles in quick succession right under the referee's nose
Etuhu darts down the wing and sends over an early cross which Chopra can't reach
Ormerod catches Kevin McNaughton with a late tackle in midfield but the Cardiff full-back will be okay to continue
Blackpool get the second half underway in baking conditions here at Wembley
HALF-TIME: BLACKPOOL 3-2 CARDIFF CITY
Blake sticks out a leg to divert a free-kick into the net but he's clearly offside and the effort is rightly ruled out by the assistant referee
BLACKPOOL 3-2 CARDIFF CITY: BRETT ORMEROD is in the right place at the right time as Campbell slips while shooting but the ball falls at the feet of the striker who lashes a low shot through the keeper's legs
Blackpool have probably shaded the first half but have twice been forced to come from behind. Football can be a funny old game!
The first half has flown by such has been the quality of this match and this is a great advert for Championship football
BLACKPOOL 2-2 CARDIFF CITY: He doesn't have to wait long for another chance as TAYLOR-FLETCHER heads in the loose ball from close range following a scramble at a corner. What a game!
Gary Taylor-Fletcher holds his head after rattling the post with a 20-yard half-volley which had Marshall beaten
BLACKPOOL 1-2 CARDIFF CITY: LEDLEY slots the ball home from 12 yards after a great throughball from Whittingham opens up the Pool defence down the inside-left channel
Chopra and Ledley play a neat one-two in the box but the ball is blocked out for a corner as Cardiff make a rare foray up front
Cardiff just can't retain the ball as we edge towards half-time and Blackpool fully deserve to be back on level terms
Adam leaves Ledley in a heap in the centre circle and that's almost the first free-kick for a foul in the opening 32 minutes
Ledley lofts a perfect pass into the feet of Chopra but he mis-times a 10-yard volley and Blackpool are given a let-off
Peter Whittingham drives in an ambitious angled shot which is well wide but at least it earns the Cardiff defence some much-needed respite
Dave Jones looks an agitated man in the Cardiff technical area as his side remains second best
Blackpool are domninating possession as we move towards the midway point of the first half. Cardiff just can't break out of their own half
David Vaughan goes for goal from 25 yards but his powerful left-foot effort drifts just wide of the upright with Marshall covering
Campbell takes a swipe at fresh air after being picked out by an inch-perfect cut-back from the left wing. That was a really good chance for the on-loan striker
Darcy Blake does well to cut out a terrific cross into the heart of the six-yard box and this is a real end-to-end encounter
Chopra looks a real livewire up front for the Bluebirds and the Blackpool defence will have to be wary of him as this open match progresses
Bothroyd finally limps off with a possible calf problem and Kelvin Etuhu takes his place
BLACKPOOL 1-1 CARDIFF CITY: CHARLIE ADAM lights up Wembley as he steps up and drills a stunning 25-yard free-kick over the wall and into the top corner of Marshall's net
The Cardiff fans are in full voice now and there's silence among the hoardes of orange-clad Seasiders followers
BLACKPOOL 0-1 CARDIFF CITY: CHOPRA picks his spot low past the keeper after coming back from an offside position to latch on to Joe Ledley's inch-perfect throughball
Dave Jones is barking out orders from his technical area and Bothroyd might have to bow out early as he's still not happy
Cardiff have their tails up now as they attack down both flanks. Meanwhile, Jay Bothroyd looks like he might be struggling with a foot problem
Michael Chopra rattles the woodwork as he gets across Evatt and meets a near-post cross with an outstretched foot. That was Cardiff's first attack and it almost ended in an early goal
Ian Evatt overhits a long ball down the middle looking for Dudley Campbell and the Cardiff keeper claims
David Marshall comes off his line but fails to get the ball only for his defence to recover. Blackpool are on top in the opening moments
Cardiff get the game underway to a huge roar from both sets of fans
The teams are on the Wembley turf, the sun is beating down and we are just minutes away from kick-off
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