Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Seamus Coleman looking for Blackpool promotion
Ireland u21 international Seamus Coleman's promotion hopes remain on track after his Blackpool side squeezed into the Championship play-offs on Sunday.
The side managed by Ian Holloway endured a nervous afternoon against Bristol City and could only muster a 1-1 draw. Brett Ormerod headed an equaliser after Nicky Maynard gave the visitors the lead with a spectacular 25-yard dipping volley in front of 12,296 fans, the biggest crowd at Bloomfield Road for 30 years.
The draw, though, was good enough as Blackpool finished the season in sixth place, a point ahead of Swansea who drew 0-0 with Doncaster. Blackpool now play Nottingham Forest over two legs, at home on Saturday before visiting the City Ground this day week. The winner will meet either Cardiff City or Leicester City at Wembley on 22 May for a place in the Premier League.
Coleman, from Killybegs in County Donegal, is on loan at Blackpool from Everton and is expected to return to Goodison Park in the summer. Since the 21-year-old joined Blackpool in March, they have taken 20 points from a possible 27, losing only once and that was against Championship winners Newcastle United.