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.
- 26BallardBooked at 48mins
- 3HusbandBooked at 84mins
- 29GarbuttBooked at 8mins
- 15MitchellSubstituted forMadineat 69′minutes
- 12DougallBooked at 90mins
- 8AndersonSubstituted forWardat 79′minutes
- 32EmbletonSubstituted forHamiltonat 79′minutes
- 9YatesSubstituted forThornileyat 90′minutes
- 16WalshSubstituted forMontsmaat 88′minutes
- 23BridcuttBooked at 66mins
- 10GrantSubstituted forScullyat 80′minutes
- 9HopperSubstituted forMortonat 63′minutes
- Tony Harrington
Match ends, Blackpool 2, Lincoln City 1.
Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Lincoln City 1.
Liam Bridcutt (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by CJ Hamilton (Blackpool).
Attempt missed. Regan Poole (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.
Kenneth Dougall (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Conor McGrandles (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kenneth Dougall (Blackpool).
Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Danny Ballard.
Substitution, Blackpool. Jordan Thorniley replaces Jerry Yates.
Offside, Lincoln City. Timothy Eyoma tries a through ball, but Lewis Montsma is caught offside.
Substitution, Lincoln City. Lewis Montsma replaces Joe Walsh.
Attempt missed. Morgan Rogers (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Scully.
Attempt missed. Brennan Johnson (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Callum Morton (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Brennan Johnson with a cross.
James Husband (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.
Callum Morton (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Husband (Blackpool).
Foul by Callum Morton (Lincoln City).
Danny Ballard (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.