Blackpool 1 West Ham 2 - minute-by-minute

Blackpool's Ian Evatt (left) and West Ham United's Carlton Cole (right) in action
Blackpool's Ian Evatt (left) and West Ham United's Carlton Cole (right) in action
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A RICARDO Vaz Te goal in the dying moments broke Blackpool’s hearts at Wembley.

The striker popped up only three minutes from time to fire past Gilks and send the Hammers into the Premier League.

Blackpool had been much the better side after Tom Ince levelled Carlton Cole’s first half opener.

But in the end Vaz Te had the final say.

Follow our-minute-by-minute report below.


90 mins: FOUR minutes time added on.

88 mins: Roman Bednar and Nouah Dicko come on in place of Stephen Dobbie and Angel Martinez.

87 mins: So cruel on Blackpool who have been by far the better side.


87 mins: GOAL TO WEST HAM!

Ricardo Vaz Te scores after a mess inside Blackpool’s six yard box.

83 mins: Stephen Dobbie forces a save out of Green from a 25-yard free-kick.

80 mins: Kevin Nolan rattles the bar for West Ham with a superb effort. Gilks may have got the slightest of touches to turn it onto the bar.

76 mins: It’s all Blackpool here.

75 mins: Dobbie forces a good save from Green. Effort from 20 yards.

71 mins: Ludo Sylvestre comes on for Kevin Phillips.

70 mins: Scramble in the West Ham box sees Matt Phillips have an effort cleared off the line by Noble. Baptiste fired the rebound over the bar.

67 mins: Massive chance for Stepehen Dobbie. Eardley burst down the right, cut it back into the path of Dobbie who scuffed it wide from eight yards.

66 mins: Matt Phillips tries one from 35 yards out. Would have been goal of the season. Just over.

63 mins: Fantastic save by Gilks to keep out Cole who turned and shot goalwards from 17 yards.

62 mins: Blackpool are still on top, but you get the feeling we’ve let West Ham off the hook a little. Still, much better from Ian Holloway’s men!

55 mins: Blackpool have had 77% of the possession since half-time.

53 mins: Whatever Ian Holloway said at the break has worked. Blackpool have responded so well!

49 mins: Brilliant from Blackpool as Alex Baptiste has one cleared off the line after a superb pass from Kevin Phillips.


47 mins: GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL!!!!!

Tom Ince races onto a long pass from Matt Phillips and burries it. Brilliant goal.

45 mins: Blackpool kick-off the second half.


45 mins: ONE minute time added.

44 mins: Game slowed right down here as half time approaches. Have to say, Blackpool don’t look a threat at the moment.

38 mins: Vaz Te almost doubled West Ham’s lead with a great run before shooting just wide.


34 mins: GOAL FOR WEST HAM!!!

Carlton Cole sneaks in behind Ian Evatt before finishing brilliantly. Gilks had no chance.

33 mins: Tom Ince does well down the right, he cuts it back to Crainey who shoots over from 20 yards.

31 mins: Three corners in a row for West Ham as they really put the pressure on Blackpool.

26 mins: Jack Collison curls a left footed effort over from 25 yards for West Ham.

22 mins: Carleton Cole heads over an O’Neil cross as West Ham get more into the game.

20 mins: Ricardo Vaz Te has West Ham’s frist real chance. He hit the side netting after a decent lay-off by Cole.

16 mins: Hope those chances don’t come back to haunt Blackpool.

15 mins: Another HUGE chance for Blackpool. Again Matt Phillips through on goal, this time he curled his effort wide. Should be 2-0.

14 mins: Massive chance for Blackpool as Dobbie played Matt Phillips in on goal. The winger hesitated and scuffed a shot straight at Green. Should have scored.

10 mins: Vaz Te gets to the byline for West Ham, scuffs his cross behind for a goal kick.

7 mins: Nervy start from both sides. Blackpool need to compose themselves a little bit better on the ball.

3 mins: Big chance for Blackpool as Stephen Dobbie hits the post! He snuck in behind the full-back before firing against the post from a tight angle.

3pm: West Ham kick-off.

2:55pm: The National Athem is done, the talking is over. Here we go!

2:50pm: Here come the teams. Blackpool in their away kit of white shirts, tangerine shorts and white socks. Come on you POOL!

2:45pm: Fantastic atmosphere here today. This is what it’s all about.

2pm: Ian Holloway makes one change to the side that beat Birmingham in the semi-final.

Kevin Phillips comes in to the attack in place of Gary Taylor-Fletcher who picked up an ankle injury in training on Thursday.

Interestingly Blackpool have chosen not to name a goalkeeper on the bench.

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Crainey, Evatt, Baptiste, Martinez, Ferguson, Dobbie, Ince, M Phillips, K Phillips. Subs: Southern, Dicko, Bednar, Syvestre and Cathcart.

1:38pm: Players are on the pitch in their suits soaking up the stadium.

1:30pm: Hello and welcome to Wembley! What an atmosphere outside the ground, Wembley Way is looking brilliant in tangerine.