Mr Blackpool is ready for Wembley

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STEPHEN Crainey embodies everything Blackpool FC stand for.

He never gives in, never knows when he is beaten and will always give 100 per cent until the final whistle sounds.

It is the way the Scot has played ever since he arrived at Bloomfield Road in the summer of 2007, with the Seasiders still giddy after promotion into the Championship.

Since then, and with Crainey’s help, things have got even better still.

When fit, he’s been a regular ever since and would love another shot at the Premier League as much as anyone else in tangerine.

Crainey said: “Getting relegated from that top flight still hurts. That was a big disappointment to us, but every credit to the lads in this dressing room. We came in for pre-season last year and we have produced miracles in my eyes.

“We have done so well to get to the position we have but we have to remember that we haven’t done anything yet.

“We don’t want to get to the final and not do it. We want to get to the final, win, and have another brilliant season at the top to look forward to.”

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And there is a specific reason Crainey thinks victory is achievable.

“What has been noticeable to me this season is the number of times we have scored late equalisers or winners to get something from a match,” the 30-year-old added.

“There have been loads of games we’ve done that in and it has stood us in such good stead. That sums up the character we have in this dressing room. It has got us goodness knows how many invaluable points and it is why you can never write us off. We keep going until the last kick, and we never roll over and lie down.

“A lot of players have also been in this position before. We have won at Wembley and been promoted to the Premier League, and we know what it is all about.

“But West Ham have players who have played at the highest level, so it is obviously going to be a tough game. There is no getting past that.

“However, they will be thinking the same. They will respect what we’ve done and they will know how desperate we are to win. I just hope we give a good account of ourselves ... and get into the Premier League. That would be nice.”

Master of the understatement is Crainey. But we know what he means.

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