League One play-off final: Blackpool 2-1 Lincoln City – Tangerines return to Championship



Kenny Dougall had been without a club and training on his own prior to joining Blackpool last summer
Kenny Dougall had been without a club and training on his own prior to joining Blackpool last summer

Blackpool sealed a return to the Championship after a six-year absence by beating Lincoln City in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

The Tangerines had a calamitous start when Ollie Turton put Brennan Johnson’s cross in his own net within 50 seconds.

Kenny Dougall levelled before the break for Blackpool with an accurate low drive into the bottom left-hand corner.

After the break he fired home with a similar low strike from outside the box as Blackpool completed their comeback.

Victory for Blackpool means they return to the Championship for the first time after their relegation from the second tier in 2014-15.

They conceded the fewest goals in League One this season – yet came undone within seconds of kick-off after Turton slotted the ball into his own net.

That goal, however, came following a good first passage of play from Lincoln as they stretched Blackpool out having quickly worked the ball down the wing.

Blackpool goalkeeper Chris Maxwell failed to deal with Johnson’s cross, leading to Turton picking up the unenviable record of scoring the fastest League One play-off final goal and fastest own goal from the start of a club fixture at Wembley.

Unnerved by their start, Maxwell pulled off a fine save to tip Jorge Grant’s strike onto the bar midway through the first half, while Demetri Mitchell forced Lincoln keeper Alex Palmer into a quickfire stop at the other end just minutes later.

Blackpool levelled with 10 minutes to go until half-time when Dougall fired a low drive into the Lincoln net and celebrated immediately in front of their supporters behind the goal.

He fired in a similar strike to seal promotion early in the second period, with Lincoln unable to respond.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Maxwell
  • 20Turton
  • 26BallardBooked at 48mins
  • 3HusbandBooked at 84mins
  • 29GarbuttBooked at 8mins
  • 15MitchellSubstituted forMadineat 69′minutes
  • 39Stewart
  • 12DougallBooked at 90mins
  • 8AndersonSubstituted forWardat 79′minutes
  • 32EmbletonSubstituted forHamiltonat 79′minutes
  • 9YatesSubstituted forThornileyat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lawrence-Gabriel
  • 4Thorniley
  • 14Madine
  • 18Ward
  • 21Ekpiteta
  • 22Hamilton
  • 28Moore

Lincoln City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Palmer
  • 2Poole
  • 22Eyoma
  • 16WalshSubstituted forMontsmaat 88′minutes
  • 7Edun
  • 23BridcuttBooked at 66mins
  • 18McGrandles
  • 10GrantSubstituted forScullyat 80′minutes
  • 20Johnson
  • 9HopperSubstituted forMortonat 63′minutes
  • 27Rogers

Substitutes

  • 4Montsma
  • 6Sanders
  • 11Scully
  • 15Bramall
  • 19Morton
  • 26Anderson
  • 31Long

Referee:
Tony Harrington

Attendance:
9,751

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