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BLACKPOOL ARE GOING UP!

IAN Holloway's men have achieved the impossible dream.

Brett Ormerod's first-half winner ensured a fairytale victory for Blackpool in the play-off final and secured the most lucrative promotion in the history of English football.

The Seasiders twice come from behind to lead 3-2 at the break and clinch a place in the Barclays Premier League estimated to be worth 90million.

Michael Chopra put Cardiff ahead but Charlie Adam levelled with a free-kick for his 19th goal of the season before Joe Ledley restored the Welsh club's advantage with a neat finish.

Yet the energy and desire that has been so evident in Ian Holloway's side throughout the campaign again came to the fore as Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Ormerod struck from close range shortly before the break to put Blackpool in front.

Ormerod's 13th goal of the season - undoubtedly the most important strike of the 33-year-old's long career - gave the Seasiders an advantage they did not surrender.

DON'T MISS MONDAY'S GAZETTE FOR OUR GOING UP PULL-OUT!

POOL V CARDIFF: As it happened.

FINAL SCORE: BLACKPOOL 3 CARDIFF CITY 2.

BLACKPOOL ARE PROMOTED TO PREMIER LEAGUE.

92 mins: Barry Bannan replaces David Vaughan for Blackpool.

90 mins: FOUR MINUTES TIME ADDED ON.

85 mins: It's very very nervous here at Wembley. Can Pool hold on?

77 mins: Nervy moments for Blackpool as Ross McCormack hits the side netting.

76 mins: Huge scare for Pool has Matt Gilks fumbles a Kennedy cross. The keeper was under huge pressure from Michael Chopra.

73 mins: Anthony Gerrard replaces Kevin McNaughton for Cardiff.

61 mins: Keith Southern shoots over from the edge of the box with his left foot. Never looked like challenging Marshall in the Cardiff goal.

60 mins: Stephen Dobbie comes on to replace Brett Ormerod for the Seasiders. 3-2 up in a play-off final and Ollie brings on two strikers...never a dull moment.

58 mins: Ross McCormack replaces Chris Burke for Cardiff.

57 mins: Michael Chopra hits the crossbar again for Cardiff. This time he fired a Chris Burke through ball onto the bar when Gilks was well beaten.

55 mins: It wouldn't be a Blackpool game without a shot from the half way line by the skipper. Sadly for Charlie Adam they seems to be missing by more and more each time! The latest drifted wide.

53 mins: Ben Burgess comes on to replace Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

49 mins: Charlie Adam gives away two fouls in two minutes. He has been give his final warning by the referee. Pool's skipper remains one yellow card away from a three match ban that would kick-in at the start of next season.

HALF TIME: BLACKPOOL 3 CARDIFF CITY 2.

46 mins: Drama here as Cardiff have a goal ruled out for offide. Blake got on the end of a superb free-kick to head home. Miles offside though.

45 mins: GOAL! Sensational scenes as Brett Ormerod puts Blackpool ahead. DJ Campbell jinked into the box before his shot fell into the path of Ormerod who fired hard and low into the net.

40 mins: GOAL! Taylor-Fletcher heads home from three yards after Evatt's hook was cleared off the line. What a game!!

39 mins: Gary Taylor-Fletcher hits the post from long range for Pool.

37 mins: GOAL! Joe Ledley puts Cardiff back in front. He raced onto a through ball by Whittingham before slotting past Gilks.

35 mins: We are being told that it's 106f pitch-side this afternoon. There will be some red faces in the morning!

34 mins: First corner to Pool. As seems to be the trend this season, it was cleared!

29 mins: After a frantic start the game has calmed down here a little. So far we've had two shots on target, and two goals!

26 mins: First corner of the game goes to Cardiff. Whittingham's left-footed cross was cleared by Keith Southern.

22 mins: Blackpool are on top here. Another long range effort from Adam drifts wide of the right-hand post.

20 mins: David Vaughan hammers one just wide from 28 yards.

12 mins: GOAL! CHARLIE ADAM SCORES FOR BLACKPOOL WITH A SUPERB FREE-KICK FROM 30 YARDS.

8 mins: GOAL! Michael Chopra puts Cardiff ahead with a superb finish. The striker beat Pool's offside trap to fire it past Gilks from 18 yards.

3 mins: Scare for Pool as Chopra turns a Whittingham cross onto the post. Good start to the game.

1 min: We are underway here. Pool playing in white shirts, tangerine shorts and tangerine socks. Come on you Pool!

Pre-match: Sensational atmosphere in Wembley today, the teams are just coming onto the pitch.

Pre-match: Ian Holloway has named an unchanged side today. I've just been out onto Wembley way and the sea of Tangerine is something to savour. Another point, it's ROASTING.

Pool side: Gilks, Crainey, Southern, Evatt, Ormerod, Vaughan, Taylor-Fletcher, Baptiste, DJ Campbell, Adam and Coleman. Subs: Rachubka,

Clarke, Burgess, Euell, Edwards, Bannan and Dobbie.

 
 
 

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