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  • Date:19 May 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Wembley Stadium
  • Attendance:78,523
West Ham are promoted
  • Ince (47)
  • Cole (34) Vaz Te (86)
Goal!

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90:11 +0.11

Matthew Taylor produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

89:26

Roman Bednar comes on in place of Stephen Dobbie. Nouha Dicko replaces Martinez Angel.

87:09

Ricardo Vaz Te is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

86:47

Ricardo Vaz Te finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 1-2 West Ham.Assist by Carlton Cole.

86:02

James Tomkins produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

85:36

Martinez Angel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlton Cole. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.

84:00

Unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by Ricardo Vaz Te results in a free kick. Matthew Gilks takes the direct free kick.

83:18

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble to the near post, Matt Phillips manages to make a clearance.

82:10

Foul by Winston Reid on Stephen Dobbie, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey. Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.

81:06

Stephen Dobbie concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Nolan. Direct free kick taken by Julien Faubert.

79:27

The ball is crossed by George McCartney, volleyed right-footed shot by Kevin Nolan. Brilliant save by Matthew Gilks.

78:03

Jack Collison takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

76:07

Thomas Ince is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.

75:03

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matt Phillips from the left by-line, clearance made by Matthew Taylor.

74:52

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

71:31

The ball is swung over by Ricardo Vaz Te, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.

70:40

Ludovic Sylvestre replaces Kevin Phillips.

69:38

Corner taken by Thomas Ince, Ian Evatt takes a shot. Alex Baptiste produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

69:19

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Noble.

66:52

Stephen Dobbie produces a mishit right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

65:44

Shot from a long way out by Matt Phillips goes wide of the left-hand post.

62:36

Carlton Cole takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.

61:05

The referee blows for offside against Ricardo Vaz Te. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

59:04

The ball is swung over by Matthew Taylor, Strike from close range by Jack Collison clears the bar.

55:29

Ricardo Vaz Te is ruled offside. Julien Faubert is brought on as a substitute for Guy Demel. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

54:57

Martinez Angel concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Noble. Free kick taken by Robert Green.

54:23

Foul by Kevin Nolan on Stephen Crainey, free kick awarded. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.

52:45

George McCartney on for Gary O'Neil.

52:00

Barry Ferguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.

51:09

Matt Phillips takes the inswinging corner, comfortable save by Robert Green.

50:47

The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley, clearance by Winston Reid.

49:46

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matt Phillips, Winston Reid manages to make a clearance.

49:24

Alex Baptiste takes a shot. Clearance by Matthew Taylor.

48:18

Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Matthew Gilks takes the direct free kick.

47:08

Thomas Ince scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-1 West Ham.The assist for the goal came from Matt Phillips.

45:59

Unfair challenge on Stephen Crainey by Jack Collison results in a free kick. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

45:21

Alex Baptiste concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Nolan. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Ian Evatt.

44:07

Unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

42:14

Shot from just outside the box by Martinez Angel goes over the bar.

41:33

James Tomkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips. Neal Eardley restarts play with the free kick.

40:48

The referee blows for offside against Kevin Phillips. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.

37:16

Effort from deep inside the area by Ricardo Vaz Te misses to the left of the goal.

34:08

A goal is scored by Carlton Cole from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Matthew Taylor.

32:56

Stephen Crainey takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

31:21

Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line.

30:57

Mark Noble takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Alex Baptiste.

30:24

Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

30:03

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line, save by Matthew Gilks.

27:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips by Kevin Nolan. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

26:08

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Jack Collison goes wide of the left-hand post.

25:27

The official flags Kevin Phillips offside. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.

21:25

Carlton Cole produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

20:25

Barry Ferguson challenges Gary O'Neil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Tomkins.

19:22

Effort from inside the area by Ricardo Vaz Te misses to the left of the goal.

14:47

Effort on goal by Matt Phillips from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

13:24

Matt Phillips takes a shot. Comfortable save by Robert Green.

12:38

The referee blows for offside. Alex Baptiste takes the indirect free kick.

9:51

The ball is crossed by Ricardo Vaz Te.

5:11

The referee blows for offside. Alex Baptiste takes the free kick.

2:45

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.

1:00

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ricardo Vaz Te. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.

Match Preview

Phillips eyeing Prem farewell Kevin Phillips hopes to earn himself a top-flight swansong when Blackpool take on West Ham in Saturday's npower Championship play-off final. Veteran striker Phillips will turn out for his fifth Barclays Premier League club if Ian Holloway's men can overcome the Hammers in the Wembley showpiece, having enjoyed his most productive season in front of goal since his Sunderland heyday a decade ago. The 38-year-old, who has returned 17 goals in all competitions for the Seasiders during the present campaign, is already signed on for next term at Bloomfield Road and would ideally hang up his boots after one last stint at the pinnacle of the English game. "By the time the season kicks off next year I'll be 39 and if it was in the Premier League I'd pretty much certainly, 99 per cent, call it a day at the end and look to move on to other things," said Phillips. "I certainly believe I could score goals in that league. "It would be great to hang my boots up at the top, but if it doesn't happen I'll still give it another crack next year and try and help the team get promoted again." Sam Allardyce insists he has no axe to grind with Blackpool ahead of West Ham's Wembley encounter with his former club. The Hammers boss is potentially 90 minutes from a return to the Barclays Premier League, 18 months after he was sacked by Blackburn's owners Venky's. Standing in his way are the Seasiders, the club where Allardyce cut his managerial teeth before he was also ruthlessly shown the door after narrowly missing out on promotion to Division One in 1996. But the 57-year-old says he bears no grudges ahead of the #90million promotion shoot-out. "It's long gone, water under the bridge," he said. "At the time it was devastating because I thought I might have been lost to football, I thought I might not get back into the game. "Luckily that wasn't the case but the experience I gained as a manager has stood me in good stead to go on and do better things, so I have no axe to grind with Blackpool." Allardyce is halfway through a two-year contract at Upton Park but knows questions will be raised about his position if, just as with Blackpool, his current team falter in the play-offs. The Hammers, relegated 12 months ago, were pre-season favourites for promotion but were edged into third by Reading and Southampton. Allardyce promised to take them back up within a year and is well aware of the price of failure - for both himself and the club. "I would have thought that come Saturday we won't be talking my job, apart from taking the club back into the Premier League," he added. "But if it is not the case for whatever reason, somebody will say, `will your job be safe?' "When that comes around I can answer it. For now, my focus is on the team and getting the best out of the team to try and win the most important game for this club since the last time Alan Pardew took them up through the play-offs. "That is how important it is. It is important for the status of everyone at the club, particularly for myself and my staff and the players who require Premier League status again."

Formation:433Manager: Ian Holloway

Blackpool

Formation: 442Manager: Sam Allardyce

West Ham

  • Matthew Gilks
  • Neal Eardley
  • Alex Baptiste
  • Ian Evatt
  • Stephen Crainey
  • Barry Ferguson
  • Stephen Dobbie
  • Martinez Angel
  • Thomas Ince
  • Matt Phillips
  • Kevin Phillips
  • SUBS
  • Keith Southern
  • Ludovic Sylvestre
  • Craig Cathcart
  • Nouha Dicko
  • Roman Bednar

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