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Bloomfield Road (ATT 12,296) 2nd May 2010 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: S Mathieson

Blackpool Blackpool vs Bristol City Bristol C

Blackpool 1

B Ormerod (54)

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Bristol C 1

N Maynard (16)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 4:06 pm, May 2nd 2010

  1. There is a pitch invasion as the Blackpool fans celebrate!! Thanks for your views today, Nottingham Forest next for the Seasiders!!

  2. FULL TIME. It finishes all square here. News comes through that it is a goalless stalemate in Swansea, meaning Holloway's side are in the play-offs! Well done!

  3. The Blackpool fans are celebrating a dis-allowed Trundle goal for Swansea.

  4. 90 (+3)

    Blackpool come again and cross from the right into the box but Burgess heads wide from 12 yards under heavy pressure from Carey.

  5. 90 (+3)

    Blackpool break forward and Burgess tries a header from 15 yards out on the left but it lands on the roof of the net.

  6. 90 (+2)

    City take the corner on the left but Blackpool clear.

  7. 90 (+1)

    Campbell-Ryce shots from the edge of the box in front of goal but Gilks dives to his right to save and concede a corner.

  8. 90

    Four minutes of added time are announced.

  9. 90

    Blackpool take the corner quickly and win another on the right. They take again but City clear.

  10. 90

    Dobbie wins a corner on the right.

  11. 89

    Ormerod tries to go around Carey in the box but again goes down but the ref indicates a goal kick.

  12. It is very nervy at Bloomfield Road as the Seasiders are still in sixth with Swansea only drawing themselves.

  13. 87

    Burgess again heads into the box but Nyantanga is there to clear.

  14. 86

    Blackpool press and Burgess heads into the box, with Dobbie trying to get on the end of it but Gerken comes off his line to gather.

  15. 85

    Maynard tries an effort from 25 yards out in front of goal but he mis-kicks and the ball rolls harmlessly to Gilks.

  16. 83

    Johnson takes the free-kick but Elliott can not direct his header on goal at the far post and the ball bounces out for a goal kick.

  17. 83

    Burgess fouls for a City free-kick 35 yards out on the left.

  18. 82

    Burgess and Bannan are on for Taylor-Fletcher and Vaughan for Blackpool, while Fontaine is on for Hartley for City.

  19. 81

    Adam passes to Ormerod in the box but the striker has his back to goal and Johnson tackles and City clear.

  20. 79

    Blackpool take the throw in 40 yards out on the left but fail to get the ball into the box as City clear upfield.

  21. 78

    Evatt goes down injured under a challenge of Akinde as both go for the ball and the City player is booked.

  22. 77

    Hartley takes the free-kick but Blackpool clear in the box and Coleman tries to break upfield with the ball but Hartley catches him and is rightly booked.

  23. 76

    City win a free-kick themselves 30 yards out in front of goal.

  24. 75

    Coleman takes the free-kick but it is well over.

  25. 74

    Ormerod dives under a challenge from Carey to win another free-kick 25 yards out in front of goal. It is another dubious free-kick.

  26. 73

    Adam takes the corner but City partially clear in the box. Blackpool come again and feed the ball to Southern by the left byline. He attempts to cross to Taylor-Fletcher but Gerken is out quickly to gather.

  27. 72

    Dobbie plays a one-two with Taylor-Flecther before unleashing a powerful effort from 25 yards out but Gerken gets a slight touch on it and it goes out for a Blackpool corner on the right.

  28. 71

    Crainey crosses from the left into the box but Gerken gathers.

  29. 69

    Adam tries a cross from the left but it is too close to Gerken who gathers.

  30. 67

    City win a free-kick 35 yards out on the left. Hartley floats the ball in but it misses everyone and goes out for a goal kick at the far post.

  31. 66

    Adam drills the corner across the goal face and Southern meets the ball at the far post but he fails to connect fully with his header and the ball glances away for a Blackpool throw in on the left. A big chance missed.

  32. 65

    Crainey's cross takes a deflection and Blackpool have a corner on the left.

  33. 64

    Crainey passes back to Adam who crosses into the box from 30 yards out on the left but again the kick is over hit and goes out at the far post for a goal kick.

  34. 62

    Akinde comes on for Sproule, who has just been booked.

  35. 62

    Adam puts the free-kick from the left into the box but it is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

  36. 61

    Sproule and Adam clash for the ball 30 yards out on the left and the City man is booked.

  37. 60

    Blackpool take the corner but City clear quickly upfield and feed the ball to Maynard but his shot from 15 yards in front of goal goes over.

  38. 59

    Blackpool break quickly forward and a long ball finds Ormerod on his own to the left of the box. He turns to shoot but Gerken is out quickly and saves for a Blackpool corner on the left.

  39. 58

    City win a free-kick just inside their half. Hartley punts it forward and City keep good possession on the edge of the box before Hartley's cross from the right is gathered by Gilks.

  40. 57

    Dobbie tries an effort from 25 yards in front of goal but his low shot goes just wide of Gerken's right post.

  41. 56

    Adam slips with the ball 30 yards out in front of his own goal. The ball is fed to Maynard who attempts to take it around Baptiste but he is tackled and Blackpool clear. A nervy moment.

  42. 55

    Taylor-Fletcher crosses into the box from the right but City clear for a throw in 25 yards out on the right. Blackpool take but City clear.

  43. 54

    GOAL - ORMEROD!!!! Adam whips the free-kick into the box and Ormerod dives in to head home from six yards at the far post. Brave header!!!

  44. 53

    Carey is booked for shoving Ormerod on the left flank. It is a Blackpool free-kick 15 yards out on the left.

  45. 52

    Blackpool take the corner on the right but Campbell-Ryce clears from the box.

  46. 51

    Blackpool win a corner on the left. They take and win a corner on the right.

  47. 50

    Taylor-Fletcher crosses from the left into Ormerod into the box, Carey gets a touch on it and the ball rolls back to Gerken who manages to clear, although Ormerod clatters into him, trying to get there.

  48. 49

    Dobbie comes on for Campbell.

  49. 48

    Blackpool win a free-kick 30 yards out on the right. Hartley takes but it is too long for Elliott at the far post and goes out for a goal kick.

  50. 47

    Maynard lines up for a shot from 25 yards out in front of goal but Carey nips in to steal the ball and City clear.

  51. 46

    Blackpool re-start the game.

  52. Jon from Sky Bet has been in touch to say: "Blackpool - 21/10, Draw - 19/10, Bristol City - 13/10. Plenty of goals in this game, over 2.5 @ 8/11 looks the bet." Thanks for that Jon, let's hope so!!

  53. Darren has been in touch to say: "well steve judging by the text commentary and the radio commentary it sounds a fantastic game.sounds like blackpool are attacking strong as expected.city seem to be holding strong at the moment. I still fancy a city a win but a draw maybe more apt.. Come on city!! and hope my good friend mark gower can net a goal for swansea.1-3 city with maynard getting another and maybe a carey header to round it off." What do you Blackpool fans think - can you do it?

  54. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 21/10 for a Blackpool win, 19/10 the draw and 13/10 for a City victory. I'm going to stick to my 2-1 Blackpool win prediction and hope Holloway can turn things around with his half-time team talk! What are your views / predictions for the second period? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

  55. HALF TIME: City go in ahead at the interval. Can Holloway's side get back into this and get the win the need to guarantee sixth spot? Stay with us for the second period.

  56. 45 (+2)

    Blackpool strongly press the City box and first Taylor-Fletcher then Campbell have shots from the right at goal but Carey makes a great block and City manage to clear.

  57. 45 (+1)

    Gerken gathers a long punt into the box before being barged by Taylor-Fletcher and spilling the ball but the ref rightly blows for a foul.

  58. 45

    Two minutes of added time are announced.

  59. 44

    Blackpool win a free-kick 30 yards out on the left. Adam puts the ball into the box but it misses everyone and goes out for a goal kick.

  60. 43

    Maynard crosses from the left to Sproule in the centre. He runs into the box before being tackled by Crainey. The City fans appeal for a penalty but the defender won the ball legitimately and the ref waves play on.

  61. 42

    Taylor-Fletcher flicks a long ball onto Campbell in the box. He turns his marker before shooting 12 yards out but his left footed effort goes over. Difficult chance.

  62. 40

    Campbell tries an effort from 22 yards out on the right but his low effort goes well wide of Gerken's right post.

  63. 39

    City win a throw in 10 yards out on the left. They take and Hartley crosses into the box but Blackpool clear and break upfield before Taylor-Fletcher attempts to cross from the right but Coleman tackles and City clear.

  64. 38

    Blackpool come again and Vaughan tries to run at goal from the right but Hartley shepherds him out and it goes for a goal kick.

  65. 37

    Campbell-Ryce tries an effort from 25 yards out on the left but his shot is well wide and over.

  66. 36

    City win a free-kick 25 yards out on the left. Hartley puts the ball into the box and Sproule is about to attempt an effort but Southern makes a great challenge and Blackpool clear. Maynard is now back on the pitch.

  67. 34

    Blackpool press and Ormerod puts a cross from the left byline into the box but City clear before Ormerod then trips up while attempting to get onto the ball on the left and it goes out for a goal kick. Earlier in the move, Maynard got injured trying to tackle Baptiste and he is off the pitch getting treatment.

  68. 32

    Southern makes a good run from the right flank to the centre of the pitch but he puts his effort from 25 yards well over.

  69. 30

    Johnson is on for Skuse, who got injured making the goal saving tackle on Adam earlier on.

  70. Whitley, a Reading fan from Chicago with not much better to do today has been in touch to say: "Used to work with a Blackpool chap and wish his boys well today and, i hope, beyond. Trivia: If things finish as they are now, Blackpool would take sixth on 69 points, which would be the lowest full-season points tally to qualify for the play-offs at the second level, in the play-offs era, and during a season in which those finishing third through sixth qualified (Watford on 70 two years ago stands as the low mark)."

  71. 28

    Adam puts the corner from the left into the box. City scramble the ball away before Vaughan tries an effort from 25 yards out in front of goal but his show is well wide.

  72. 27

    Ormerod puts a great cross into the box from the right, and Crainey wins a corner at the far post.

  73. 26

    Baptiste hits a long ball forward but Ormerod can not get on the end of it in the left corner.

  74. 25

    The game is end to end at present but no more chances as yet.

  75. 23

    City break forward and Elliott tries an effort from 25 yards out on the right but his low effort just goes wide of the left post.

  76. 23

    Vaughan takes the corner and it almost curls into the net but Gerken is able to punch away at the last moment.

  77. 23

    Blackpool win a corner on the right.

  78. Darren has been back in touch to say: "what can i say??? does maynard ever score bad goals..6/1 what great odds i have so far..love to see holloways face right now ha ha." He could yet have the last laugh Darren!

  79. 22

    City take the throw in and Orr puts a cross into the box but Evatt clears again.

  80. 21

    Hartley puts the corner into the box but Adam heads away. City come again and win a throw in 30 yards out on the right.

  81. 20

    Sproule wins a corner on the right off Crainey.

  82. 18

    Campbell-Ryce wins a throw in ten yards out on the right. Orr puts the ball into the box but Evatt clears.

  83. 17

    Blackpool break quickly at goal and force Gerken into a save.

  84. 16

    GOAL -MAYNARD!!!! Gerken punts the ball forward, Elliott flicks the ball on with his head and then Maynard volleys in over Gilks' head from 30 yards out. What a finish!!!

  85. 15

    Blackpool keep good possession before Southern tries an effort from 35 yards out on the right but his low effort is well wide.

  86. 14

    Ormerod gets onto a pass into the left corner. He flicks the ball back to Crainey who attempts a return ball but it is just too far and Gerken clears.

  87. 13

    Lull - no more chances at present as the teams cancel each other out in the middle of the park.

  88. 11

    Ormerod wins a throw in ten yards out on the right. Blackpool take but Sproule clears a cross into the box.

  89. 10

    Maynard creates a yard for himself and tries a shot from 25 yards out in front of goal but his effort hits Crainey and Blackpool clear.

  90. 9

    Adam is fouled for a free-kick 35 yards out on the left. He takes it but the low ball is easily cleared.

  91. 8

    Blackpool punt the ball forward to Ormerod on the left side of the box. He wins the header but it rolls through to Gerken.

  92. 6

    Sproule tries to latch onto a through-ball down the right flank but is given off-side.

  93. 5

    Both teams have sent long balls forward which have been dealt with easily.

  94. 4

    Skuse is down receiving treatment on the pitch but is up on his feet and can continue.

  95. 3

    Hartley takes the corner but Gilks gathers in the box. Blackpool break quickly upfield and the ball falls to Adam who puts his shot from 12 yards out in front of goal just wide under pressure from Skuse.

  96. 2

    Blackpool at the corner but City clear at the near post and break upfield and win their own corner on the left.

  97. 2

    Adam whips the free-kick into the box and it is headed out at the far post for a Blackpool corner on the right.

  98. 1

    Taylor-Fletcher is fouled for a Blackpool free-kick 30 yards out on the left.

  99. 1

    City get the can underway.

  100. Darren Clarke has been in touch to say: "come on you robins. promotion next year under coppell. and please beat blackpool today as we all know holloway would be rooting against us if we were in the play offs..i remember an interview he did before the hull v city play off final and he was exstatic when we got beat so today is payback come on you reds lets be the party pooper..clarkee bristol city for ever. i predict 1-3 today in citys favour maynard to get a double." Thanks for your view Darren, kick-off soon!

  101. FIRST VIEW - Paul Walsh, a Blackpool fan living in Benitachell, Spain says: "Its been 57 years to the day Blackpool won the FA Cup, lets hope thats a good omen. It would be great to see the "Pool" back in the top flight again." Thanks for that Paul, a good omen indeed!! any more views / predictions? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

  102. Referee - Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

  103. Teams - Bristol City: Gerken, Orr, Carey, Nyatanga, Sawyer, Skuse, Hartley, Elliott, Sproule, Maynard, Campbell-Ryce. Subs: Henderson, Fontaine, Johnson, Clarkson, Akinde, Edwards, Agyemang.

  104. Teams - Blackpool: Gilks, Coleman, Baptiste, Evatt, Crainey, Vaughan, Southern, Adam, Ormerod, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell. Subs: Rachubka, Clarke, Burgess, Euell, Edwards, Bannan, Dobbie.

  105. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 4/9 on for a Blackpool win, 10/3 the draw and 6/1 for a Bristol City victory. I'm going for a 2-1 win for the home side, with Ormerod to score first, which pays a handsome 22/1! What are your views / predictions for today's game? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best.

  106. Welcome to Bloomfield Road where Blackpool will be going all out to secure the victory they need to make the play-offs. Can Ian Holloway's side do it, or will Bristol City spoil the Seasiders' party. Send your views to steve.pass2@bksyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13