FT: Blackpool 1 Birmingham 0

FINAL WORD - Craig has been back in touch to say: "What a great first leg for the seasiders!! Our defence was too strong an tactically sound from the start and clearly frustrated the Birmingham attack. Great to not concede at home and it's looking good for wembley! Here we go again on the roller coaster ride that is Blackpool FC!!" Cheers Craig, enjoy your night!

FULL TIME. That's it, Blackpool edge this first leg and there is all to play for next Wednesday night back at St Andrew's. Thanks for your views tonight, stay with us for reaction.

90 (+2)
Evatt has taken a knock to his nose, which he broke through the week, and there is blood pouring from it and he is getting treatment on the sidelines.

90 (+1)
Mutch lays the ball off from the centre to King to the left of goal but he puts his shot from eight yards onto the far post and the Seasiders clear.

Two minutes of added time are announced.

90
Eardley punts the ball into the Birmingham box but Doyle is off his line to collect.

89
Doyle punts a long ball forward but King is given offside 25 yards out in front of goal.

88
Eardley hits a long ball into the right side of the box for Dicko to chase but Murphy shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.

86
Mutch tries to release King into the left side of the box with a pass from the centre and the striker goes down but it was a forlorn dive as Baptiste was winning the race for the ball.

86
Eardley punts a long ball forward but Ibanez heads away on the edge of the box on the left.

84
Blackpool break forward and Ferguson tries to release Ince into the box with a pass through the centre but he is offside.

84
King almost gets onto a long ball through the middle but Evatt makes a good challenge.

83
Baptiste hits a long ball for Ince to chase but Doyle is quickly off his line to gather.

82
Spector tries to release King with a long ball from the left but he is again given offside.

80
Blues punt the ball forward and win a throw in 15 yards out on the right. Ramage takes and wins another throw in 30 yards out on the right. He takes again but Davies loses possession before K Phillips tries to pass from the centre to M Phillips on the right flank but he is also given offside.

79
Ince is given offside to 25 yards out to the left of goal. He kicks the ball away and is lucky not to be booked.

77
Blackpool keep good possession before M Phillips crosses from ten yards on the right to K Phillips who heads home unmarked from close range at the far post but he is rightly given just offside.

75
Dicko and K Phillips are on for T-F and Dobbie in a double switch for the Seasiders.

75
Baptiste tries a long range effort from his low shot lacks power and is easily gathered by Doyle.

74
Spector is on for Redmond.

73
Redmond puts an incisive pass from 20 yards to King in the box but the striker has timed his run wrongly and is given offside.

73
Ince crosses from the left edge of the box but Davies clears.

71
Ince runs into the left side of the box before playing a one-two with Dobbie but the Blues manage to partially clear. Phillips punts the ball back into the box and Ince heads at goal from eight yards at the far post but it is straight at Doyle who gathers.

70
Crainey takes the free-kick but it is straight at the wall and Blues clear.

69
Ince runs at the Blues box and wins a free-kick 20 yards out in front of goal off Murphy. Blackpool take it quick and get it in the net but it was too quick and they must take it again.

68
Blackpool win a free-kick 35 yards out on the right. Baptiste takes and Dobbie eventually crosses into the box from 30 yards on the left but Doyle easily gathers at his far post.

67
Blackpool keep good possession before playing the ball back to Gilks who allows the ball under his foot but luckily for him he can retrieve it and clear upfield!

66
Birmingham take the corner on the left and Martinez heads partially away at the far post before Burke blasts over from 20 yards to the right of the box.

65
Blues come again and Murphy crosses from the left byline before Elliott's shot from ten yards comes off Baptiste and the ref awards a corner, although replays show it should be a goal kick.

64
Evatt makes a good tackle on king at the near post from a Birmingham cross from the left.

62
Ince latches onto a long ball on the edge of the box in front of goal. He then tees the ball up to Dobbie put he puts his effort from six yards to the left of goal way over. That was a gilt edged chance and he should have scored.

60
King catches Evatt with a raised arm as the pair tussle for the ball midway in the Blackpool half. Evatt is not happy and the ref has to have words with the pair before play resumes.

59
Blackpool take the throw in and feed the ball out to the right before Phillips crosses from six yards on the right to T-F who shoots at goal in the centre but Ramage makes a great block and the Blues clear.

59
Crainey tries to release Ince into the left side of the box but Davies comes across and tackles for a Blackpool throw in 15 yards out on the left.

57
Ferguson and N'Daw tussle for the ball just inside the Birmingham half and Blackpool win a free-kick. They take and keep possession before passing all the way back to Gilks.

56
T-F tries to feed the ball from outside the box through to Phillips but it just runs through to Doyle to gather.

55
Phillips tries a 35 yard effort from the right of goal but it is way wide and over.

54
Mutch tries to pass from the left to King in the right side of the box but Crainey intercepts and clears.

53
Redmond makes a great turn 35 yards out on the right and runs at the Blackpool box before trying to pass to King on the edge of the box but the pass is poor and the back-tracking Evatt clears the danger.

52
Blackpool come again and Phillips crosses from 15 yards on the right but Davies clears in the box.

51
T-F tires to flick on at the right edge of the box but Ibanez intercepts and clears.

50
Blackpool win a throw in 25 yards out on the left. Crainey takes and the Seasiders keep possession before Dobbie tries to run into the left side of the box but he is tackled by Ramage who clears.

48
Mutch punts the ball forward for King to chase into the right corner but it just runs out for a goal kick.

47
Blues win a free-kick just inside their own half. Ramage punts the ball towards the box and King heads on at the edge of the box before Burke shoots from 12 yards on the right but it is straight at Gilks who gathers.

46
Birmingham get the second half underway. No changes at half time.

Cheers for your views, the teams are back on the pitch, not long for the second half!

Dean says: "neutral view, think Birmingham will get a late equaliser 1-1, if Blackpool don't go up I can see Holloway going to wolves."

Lindy says: "Been following Bham for 50 years and now live in Clacton-on-sea. Think they will come back and the score will be 3-2."

David in New Zealand says: "Spot on Frazer. Play up the Pool. Sand grown uns in exile. "

Sean Little says: "UP THE POOL....... Tangerine army on the way to wembley!!!!!!! Ince to score to score 2 in the second half Blackpool to win 3-0."

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 1/3 for a Blackpool win, 3/1 for the draw and 10/1 for a Birmingham victory. My 2-0 prediction to Blackpool has now come in from 10/1 to 7/2!

Paul says: "Masive tango team effort 2 ...0 come on!!"

James says: "Birmingham all the way! It's not over yet, we need give up and we best not tonight! The blues fans need to get behind the boys in blue! Keep right on!"

Scott in Northampton says: "Come on Blackpool get in the final then beat west ham to the prem will make my year."

Fraser says: "ITS BLACKPOOL TILL I DIE FT 3-0 blackpool" Cheers Frazer, any more views? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the ebst when I get back with my brew!

HALF TIME. Blackpool go in one in front thanks to Ince's late deflected shot. Stay with us for the second period of this tight clash at Bloomfield Road.

45 (+2)
Blackpool come again and T-F wins a throw in 15 yards out on the right off Ibanez. Eardley takes but the ref blows for half time.

45 (+1)
Birimgham take the corner but Baptiste clears and Blackpool break forward. Phillips tries to get around N'Daw and into the right side of the box but he is tackled before the Blues win a free-kick on the edge of their box.

Two minutes of added time.

45
Birmingham press and King floats a cross from six yards on the right into the box which Eardley heads out for a corner on the left.

45
OWN GOAL - DAVIES!!!! Dobbie passes to Ince 20 yards out in front of goal. He tries a low effort which is going wide but takes a deflection off Davies and past the wrong-footed Doyle!!!

43
Blackpool come again and Ferguson tries to release T-F into the right side of the box with a ball over the top but T-F is just given offisde.

42
Phillips feeds the ball to Ince on the edge of the box in front of goal but Ibanez clears.

40
Birmingham come again and King plays the ball out to Burke on the right flank who then passes back to King but the striker blasts over from a tight angle 12 yards out on the right.

39
Redmond tries to run at the Blackpool box from the right but Evatt is quickly out and tackles 25 yards out and clears.

39
Blackpool take the throw in and Dobbie feeds the ball to Ferguson who tries an effort from the edge of the box in front of goal but his effort goes just over.

38
Blackpool come again and Phillips crosses from five yards on the right and wins a throw in five yards out on the right.

37
Phillips wins a throw in 30 yards out on the right. Blackpool take and Eardley punts the ball into the box, T-F flicks on but Murphy clears ahead of Ince.

35
Burke punts the free-kick forward but it misses everyone in the box and Eardley shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.

34
Birmingham take the throw in and Burke wins a free-kick near the halfway line on the right.

33
Dobbie releases Crainey into the left corner but Ramage holds firm and wins a throw in.

33
Ince takes the corner but it misses everyone in the box and goes out for a goal kick on the far side.

32
Blackpool press and Dobbie tries a swerving effort from 25 yards on the right which Doyle has to chest out for a corner on the right.

31
Ince tries to play a one-two with Dobbie to the right side of the box but Murphy intercepts and the Blues clear.

29
Baptiste heads the ball 25 yards out on the right but is caught by a high boot from King and it is a Blackpool free-kick. Gilks punts it forward and Ferguson heads on but the ball runs out for a Birmingham goal kick.

28
Phillips wins a throw in 20 yards out on the left. Crainey takes and wins another throw in five yards further back. He takes again but Elliott clears up field.

27
Lull - the teams are cancelling each other out in the middle at present.

Craig says: "Birmingham are a quality side and in the past Blackpool have struggled to get a result against them. As a pool fan though I'm totally confident in Ollie and the boys who always pull through and perform the impossible when needed. 2-1 to Pool. Come on seasiders!!!"

25
Ince takes the corner and Evatt heads back across goal at the far post before Martinez volleys just over from 15 yards on the right.

25
Blackpool come again and Eardley wins another corner on the right.

25
Blackpool take the second corner but Ramage heads away at the near post.

24
Ince takes the corner and Davies has to put it out for a corner on the left at the far post.

23
Eardley crosses from the right byline and wins a corner off Ibanez.

22
Baptiste releases Phillips with a long crossfield ball from the right but N'Daw tackles 25 yards out in front of goal and clears.

20
Ferguson crosses from six yards on the left into the box but Ibanez puts the ball out for a throw in 15 yards out on the left. Blackpool take and Phillips tries a long range effort but his low shot goes wide.

19
N'Daw sees Gilks off his line and tries a 40 yards effort from the left but it goes well wide of the right post.

18
Redmond feeds the ball from the centre to Burke to the right of goal who turns and shoots from 20 yards but it is straight at Gilks who easily gathers.

17
Dobbie runs into the box and wins a corner on the left. Blackpool take and cross to Evatt in the box but he heads wide from ten yards in the centre.

Mark, a soldier in Afghanistan, says: "Let's hope for a blues win, I reckon 2-0 to Birmingham, watching the game via the vidiprinter live from Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, so wish I was there!" Cheers Mark, keep up the good work out there!

16
Burke crosses from the right byline which Elliott heads down at the far post but Redmond blasts over under pressure from 12 yards.

15
Elliott crosses from ten yards on the left but Evatt heads partially away before King tries an overhead volley from 12 yards on the left but it goes well wide.

14
Phillips tries a low effort from 25 yards in front of goal but it lacks power and Doyle easily gathers.

13
Birmingham press but King is given offside 25 yards out on the right flank.

12
King tries to get around Baptiste to the left of the box but the defender shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.

12
Doyle is back up on his feet after treatment on the pitch and is able to play on.

Mike in Chicago says: "I have to go with Birmingham in both ends of this Semi-Final. It's a shame Birmingham will have to play West Ham in the Final 'cos both of those teams deserve to be promoted."

9
Blackpool win a free-kick 30 yards out in front of goal. Dobbie's free-kick hits the wall but the ball falls to Eardley who floats the ball towards the back post from the right and Evatt heads at goal from six yards which Doyle saves low to his right. The keeper has taken a knock from the post collecting the ball.

Byron says: "I reckon blackpool will have to come back from a half time defecit but with their resilience and determination will run out 2-1 winners. Go on seasiders for prem !"

9
Blackpool come again and Eardley crosses into the box but Blues hold firm.

8
Ince and Murphy tussle for the ball after a T-F flick on into the right corner before the ref gives the throw in Birmingham's way.

7
Elliott takes the corner to Redmond on the edge of the box but his shot is blocked before Blackpool finally clear.

6
Burke wins a throw in 15 yards out on the right. Birmingham take and Redmond wins a corner on the right.

4
Dobbie runs at the Blues box before trying an effort from 25 yards which is deflected out for a throw in 20 yards out on the right. Blackpool take and Eardley crosses from the right into the box but the Blues partially clear before Dobbie feeds the ball to Ince who slots home from 12 yards on the right but he is rightly given off-side.

3
T-F wins a throw in 15 yards out on the right. Eardley takes to Ince on the right byline who runs into the box but Murphy tackles and clears.

Thomas says: "I am a Wigan fan and i have really missed Blackpool this year despite our 4-0 thrashing last year. But they added a great sense of excitement. I am going for an abitous 4-1 Blackpool with Steven Dobbie to score first. COME ON BLACKPOOL!!!!!!!"

1
Elliott wins a throw in 25 yards out on the left. Birmingham take but Mutch clears forward.

1
Blackpool get the game underway.

Steve says: "I think blues 2-1. Based on form and results already against blackpool this season." Cheers Steve, just a mo until kick-off!

FIRST VIEW - Jessica has been in touch to say: "Massive bluenose here! King to score first and win 3-1! Come on you blue boys, keep right on!" Enjoy the game!

My view - I think Blackpool, with their play-off experience, will have the edge here and I'm going for a 2-0 win by the Seasiders which pays a handsome 10/1 with Sky Bet! What are your views / predictions for tonight's game? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the evening.

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 13/10 for a Blackpool win, 12/5 for the draw and 2/1 for a Birmingham victory. Click here for the full market.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

Teams - Birmingham: Doyle, Ramage, Davies, Ibanez, Murphy, Burke, N'Daw, Mutch, Elliott, Redmond, King. Subs: Butland, Townsend, Rooney, Zigic, Spector.

Teams - Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste, Crainey, Ferguson, Martinez, Dobbie, M Phillips, Ince, Taylor-Fletcher. Subs: Halstead, Southern, Kevin Phillips, Dicko, Harris.

Welcome to Bloomfield Road where Blackpool host Birmingham in their play-off semi-final first leg. What do you think the outcome will be tonight? Send your views / predictions to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the evening.

Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
12:15
Millwall v Cardiff
15:00
Birm'ham v B'mouth
Bolton v Brentford
Brighton v Rotherham
Derby v Wigan
Ipswich v Huddsf'ld
Leeds v Wolves
M'boro v Watford
N Forest v Blackburn
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 14 1 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Fulham 14 -6 14
20 Wigan 13 -2 12
21 Brighton 13 -3 12
22 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

Updated Fri, 24 Oct 2014

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