Birmingham 2 Blackpool 2 (2-3)- minute-by-minute

Matt Phillips and Stephen Dobbie celebrate for Blackpool
Matt Phillips and Stephen Dobbie celebrate for Blackpool
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BRILLIANT Blackpool are heading to Wembley again after a dramatic draw against Birmingham.

The Seasiders found themselves in dreamland after only 47 minutes when Matt Phillips doubled their lead after Stephen Dobbie had put them ahead at the break.

Blackpool's Stephen Dobbie and Birmingham City's Jonathan Spector

Blackpool's Stephen Dobbie and Birmingham City's Jonathan Spector

However, a dramatic comeback from the home side, with two goals in ten minutes gave Pool a huge scare.

They will now play West Ham United at Wembley for a place in the Premier League on May 19.

Follow our minute-by-minute report below.


93 mins: Nouah Dicko heads wide from a Ferguson free-kick.

90 mins: FIVE minutes added time!

87 mins: Blackpool need to keep the ball, keep their heads and keep it tight.

85 mins: Kevin Phillips replaces Matt Phillips.

83 mins: Dicko has a header cleared off the line from a Phillips corner.

82 mins: Dare I say it, Blackpool appear to have calmed things down here.

78 mins: Corners are proving a real problem for Blackpool. Davies again rising highest, this time he headed over.

75 mins: Nouah Dicko comes on in place of Stephen Dobbie.

75 mins: Real pressure for Blackpool now. The ground is bouncing.



Curtis Davies powers home a header from inside the six-yard box. Blackpool are in real trouble.

71 mins: Matt Gilks makes a superb save from Marlon King. The keeper stopped it at point-blank range. What a big save.

70 mins: Nervy moments for Blackpool as Ian Evatt blocks a Redmond effort on the line.

69 mins: Keith Southern comes on in place of Tom Ince.

68 mins: Matty Phillips tries one from all of 35-yards. Would have been the goal of the season had that found the net.

66 mins: Home side really fired up here. Blackpool need to keep their heads, still have a two goal lead.



Nicola Zigic gives the home side a glimmer of hope as he beats the offside trap before finishing well.

59 mins: Still a job to do here, keep it tight Pool...

57 mins: This has been the perfect play-off performance from Blackpool. They’ve scored on 43, 45 and 47 minutes. Talk about perfect times to score goals.

49 mins: We spoke about Blackpool keeping it tight after the break, but Ian Holloway’s teams don’t do defending. Brilliant stuff.



Matty Phillips finishes superbly off the inside of the post after he ran onto an Angel pass.

45 mins: Blackpool kick-off the second half.



45 mins: GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL!!!!!

Stephen Dobbie’s effort sneaks in at the near post after Birmingham failed to clear a corner. GET IN!

40 mins: Big five minutes for Blackpool here.

37 mins: Neal Eardley dives in on Andros Townsend and is booked. Will have to be careful now.

34 mins: Stephen Crainey drags an effort wide from 30 yards. Would have been some effort to score from there.

33 mins: Matt Phillips does what we should see him do so much more. He picked up the ball deep in his own half, ran it the length of the pitch and won a corner. Brilliant.

32 mins: Blackpool need to settle down here. Giving away the ball far too often at the moment. Conditions becoming tricky as the rain pours.

25 mins: Taylor-Fletcher tries a low effort from 25-yards. Saved by Doyle, worth a pop as the rain hammers down here.

23 mins: Taylor-Fletcher meets an Ince cross at the back post, his header back accross is well defended.

21 mins: Birmingham’s tactics so far have consisted of hammering the ball as high into the air as they can for Zigic to win in the air. Luckily Ian Evatt has been a match to him so far.

16 mins: Barry Ferguson can’t quite get on the end of a brilliant ball into the box by Taylor-Fletcher. The skipper inches away from sliding it towards goal.

13 mins: Marlon King hits the bar for the home side. A deep cross catches Crainey out and King was unmarked to volley onto the top of the bar. Let-off for Blackpool.

11 mins: Couple of corners in a row for Birmingham. Big scare as Baptiste heads back accross his own goal, eventually cleared.

10 mins: Good defending from Alex Baptiste as Chris Burke weaved his way into the box.

7 mins: Another chance for Ince. This time a superb 60 yard ball from Ian Evatt found the winger in behind the full-back, he shot straight at Doyle from a tight angle.

5 mins: Brilliant from Tom Ince as he cuts in from the right and forces a good save from COlin Doyle in goal. Might feel he should have scored from the position he found himself in.

1 min: How long is left ref?

1 min: Birmingham get off to a brilliant start, Chris Burke seeing his 18-yard effort blocked by Ian Evatt.

7:45pm: Birmingham kick-off.

7:43 mins: Nice touch, Blackpool’s players are wearing black armbands for the fan that died during the first leg at Bloomfield Road on Friday.

7:42pm: Here come the teams. Blackpool in their familiar tangerine shirts, white shorts and tangerine socks.

7:40pm: Atmosphere really building here. Home fans waving ‘clapsticks’ around like an American Football game.

7:37pm: Lots of nerves around here so far this afternoon, and that’s just in the press box!!

7:30pm: Welcome to a wet and chilly St Andrews for a massive evening of play-off football.

Team news: Ian Holloway names the same side that beat Birmingham 1-0 in the first leg at Bloomfield Road.

That means Stephen Dobbie survives a slight injury scare to start for the Seasiders.

Craig Cathcart returns to the bench in place of Rob Harris.

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Crainey, Evatt, Baptiste, Ferguson, Angel, Dobbie, Taylor-Fletcher, Ince and M Phillips.

Subs: Halstead, Cathcart, Southern, Dicko and K Phillips.