Blackpool advances to Championship playoff final
Blackpool will play West Ham on May 19 at Wembley for a spot in
the Premier League after tying 2-2 at Birmingham on Wednesday night
in the second leg of their League Championship playoff semifinal to
advance on 3-2 aggregate.
Blackpool held a 1-0 edge from the first leg and increased its
lead on goals by Stephen Dobbie in the 45th minute and Matt
Phillips in the 48th.
Nikola Zigic scored in the 64th and captain Curtis Davies in the
73rd for Birmingham, but the hosts could not complete the
American defender Jonathan Spector, back from a thigh injury,
started for Birmingham for the first time since March 10 but came
out in the 44th minute.