CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF FINAL: Late winner sends West Ham back into the Premier League

West Ham are back in the Premier League after just one season in the Championship following a narrow 2-1 success over Blackpool at Wembley.

West Ham are back in the Premier League after just one season in the Championship following a narrow 2-1 success over Blackpool at Wembley.

Blackpool started brightly but could not take their chances and West Ham led at the break 1-0 through Carlton Cole.

The Seasiders quickly levelled through Tom Ince just after the break and with the game heading for extra time Ricardo Vaz Te ensured a Hammers win by netting late-on.

Blackpool’s Alex Baptiste saw a shot cleared off the line whilst Kevin Nolan hit the woodwork for the Londoner’s.

But it’s Sam Allardyce who will be leading his team in the top flight next season whilst Ian Holloway will be hugely disappointed for his Blackpool outfit.

Referee: Howard Webb

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Attendance: 78,523

Blackpool scorers: Ince 48
West Ham scorers: Cole 35, Vaz Te 87

Yellow cards: Vaz Te (WHU)

TRIBAL ASKS: Will this win dispel some of criticism levelled at West Ham boss Sam Allardyce?

 
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