Blackpool advances to Championship playoff final

Blackpool will play West Ham for a spot in the Premier League

after drawing 2-2 at Birmingham in the second leg of their League

Championship playoff semifinal on Wednesday to advance 3-2 on

aggregate.

Blackpool held a 1-0 edge from the first leg and decided the

series with two goals within four minutes either side of halftime

from Stephen Dobbie and Matt Phillips.

Nikola Zigic gave Birmingham a glimmer of hope and captain

Curtis Davies headed in the equalizer on the night, but the hosts

could not complete the comeback.

Blackpool will now meet West Ham at Wembley on May 19, with the

winner earning a return to the Premier League.