Championship Play-Off Final, West Ham United vs Blackpool: Open Thread

The richest game in football kicks off today with West Ham United against Blackpool, live from Wembley. The winner will play in the Premier League next season. The loser will remain in the nPower Championship.

Here’s a preview of the match, which — for viewers in the United States — will be shown live on FOX Soccer at 10am ET.

Blackpool team: Gilks, Eardley, Baptiste, Evatt, Crainey, Ferguson, Dobbie, Angel, Ince, Matt Phillips, Kevin Phillips.

West Ham team: Green, Demel, Taylor, Reid, Tomkins, Noble, Nolan, O’Neil, Collison, Vaz Te, Cole.

Before, during and after the Championship Play-off Final, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

May the best team win.

40 thoughts on “Championship Play-Off Final, West Ham United vs Blackpool: Open Thread”

  1. C’mon Stephen Dobbie!

    — Hoping to see a goal or two from the Blackpool attacking midfielder/striker, who is on loan from Swansea.

    The Gaffer

  2. Blackpool should have been ahead, Philips misses two golden opportunities. Will Blackpool regret these misses?

  3. Nicely taken goal by Carlton Cole, against the run of play really.

    Hammers fans are jubilant.

    The Gaffer

  4. Ince is a gifted player but his selfishness and wanting to dribble past everyone near him is why Liverpool let him go and we just saw how he cost Blackpool dearly for West Ham’s goal as he lost the ball trying to go past 3 defenders and West Ham went straight to the other end and scored.

    Blackpool are not out of it but they will need to take their chances when they come.

  5. Blackpool needs to regain their composure and refocus their efforts in the second half at playing the time of free-flowing passing game they were doing in the first half. If they play their brand of football they do best, they’ll create more chances.

    Should be a good second half.

    The Gaffer

    1. That’s the thing with Dobbie. He’s too inconsistent to be a regular Premier League footballer, but he has good positioning sense so he can get into those spaces to create chances.

      Looks like Dobbie is moving up top to be striker now that Kevin Phillips is off.

      The Gaffer

  6. Blackpool did not capitalize on their chances and they came back to bite them in the backside.good on you West Ham Fans welcome back to the big boys table.

  7. Sorry to see Blackpool staying down. If they can keep Ollie and the current squad mostly intact(BIG if with their tightwad ownership) they should be a favorite for one of the automatic places next year.

    1. They really aren’t tight… they are just a small seaside town that they forgot the close down. They have a small stadium, a limited fan base (couldn’t even sell out their allocation for the FINAL). What they are is a small team that plays well above their heads. They should have won today, they could have won today. But West Ham are a PL team that under performs.. But they do have quality for that level. and that won out. And sad thing is next year will be twice as difficult for them. You get teams like Reading that catch lighting in a bottle, teams like Southampton that gel, and you get three PL squads that come down and don’t like losing. Look at Leeds. That is a squad that could have come up for years… But they always fall short. Its a great league, with great play. but what separates it from the PL is any team can win a match.

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