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Tangerine Dream for Blackpool With Promotion

By Mark Duckwroth of The National Game

Dreams can come true and for the thousands of Blackpool fans on Saturday that’s what happened at Wembley, as Ian Holloway guided Blackpool into the Premier League. When Ian Holloway arrived by the seaside he saw a club that was in tatters and staring relegation in the face, now the ground may not be much better, but the seaside will be hosting top flight football, for the first time since 1971.

But as the temperatures soared at Wembley, Blackpool’s dream looked to be cutting up like the Wembley pitch, as Michael Chopra nipped in to give the bluebirds the lead. Cardiff then looked to take control of the game and started to build on their lead, but Blackpool have their modern day Sir Stan and up stepped Charlie Adam to smash in a 25 yard-free kick which seemed to lift Blackpool on to another level.

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Chelsea Makes History But Wembley Makes the News

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By Mark Duckworth of The National Game

Carlo Ancelotti may have made history on Saturday when his Chelsea side won their first ever league and cup double, but even as John Terry was lifting the coveted cup above his head, the famous pitch was taking criticism. And this time it was plain for all to see as ITV’s pitch camera showed a surface that was cut up and at best a bit bobbly, it’s just a good thing it didn’t spoil the game too much.

Never has there been so much pressure on two teams to deliver a final of decent quality, with the FA facing crisis on and off the field it was, left to the stars of Portsmouth and Chelsea to put on a show worthy of matching past finals. And as Frank Lampard tested the Wembley goal-frame and David James did his usual superman impression to deny Drogba, they looked like doing just that. But for the three times Chelsea cracked the bar and the countless saves and last ditch tackles Pompey made, the standard of the game was disappointing and as the second half mirrored into a boring blur of past finals, the attention turned to the Wembley surface that once again failed to deliver.

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