Birmingham v Blackpool
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8 May 2012 Last updated at 16:44 GMT
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Npower Championship play-off semi-final second leg
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website
- Venue: St Andrew's
- Date: Wednesday 9 May
- Kick-off: 1945 BST
Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (0)
- 13 Doyle
- 03 Murphy
- 05 Pablo
- 06 Ramage
- 23 Spector
- 24 Davies
- 07 Burke
- 11 Townsend
- 12 Mutch
- 09 King
- 19 Zigic
- 26 Butland
- 08 N'daw
- 15 Elliott
- 22 Redmond
- 17 Rooney
- 01 Gilks
- 03 Crainey
- 05 Eardley
- 06 Evatt
- 15 Baptiste
- 16 Ferguson
- 23 M Phillips
- 31 Angel
- 07 Dobbie
- 12 Taylor-Fletcher
- 36 Ince
- 21 Halstead
- 20 Cathcart
- 04 Southern
- 09 K Phillips
- 32 Dicko
Blackpool expect defender Ian Evatt to be fit for their Championship play-off semi-final second leg at Birmingham.
Evatt broke his nose in training on 27 April and suffered an accidental blow to the injury late in the first leg, which the Seasiders won 1-0.
Roman Bednar resumed training ahead of last Friday's game following a knee injury but is unlikely to feature.
Blues keeper Colin Doyle should play after recovering from a knock he took to his shoulder at Bloomfield Road.
The 26-year-old has been City's regular number one since on-loan Boaz Myhill's season was ended by a thumb ligament injury in early April.
Blackpool are unbeaten in eight games and extended their winning streak in play-off matches to 10 with their first-leg win last week.
However, Chris Hughton's Blues boast an impressive home record, losing only once on their own patch all season, and beat Blackpool 3-0 at St Andrew's on New Years' Eve.
Birmingham v Blackpool meetings in 2011-12
- 26 Nov: Blackpool 2-2 Birmingham
- 31 Dec: Birmingham 3-0 Blackpool
- 4 May: Blackpool 1-0 Birmingham
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is under no illusions as to the size of the task his side face.
"It's going to take every ounce of everything we've got going down there with their crowd and their passion," he said.
"I needed a lead, we've got a very slender lead. We won the first game and I think that's a marker to them. We didn't beat them this year.
"I'm looking forward to it, I can't be worried. I'd be worried if we were not in this situation. I feel my team deserved it on Friday night."
Holloway is hoping his current crop of Blackpool players can draw inspiration from the recent past when a semi-final win over Nottingham Forest and a 3-2 final triumph over Cardiff promoted them to the Premier League two seasons ago.
This came on the back of successful play-off campaigns on 2001 and 2007 to earn promotion to the third and second tiers respectively.
"Can we impose our game on them at their ground in the biggest moment of our lives?" continued Holloway.
"We did it before at Notts Forest, can this group emulate that? It will be one heck of an achievement if we do. All you can ask for is a performance.
"It will be a great night. I'm looking forward to it. The Brummie people love their football.
"Passion? You won't get better than there. It's absolutely brilliant."
• These clubs, who've been playing each other for 115 years, were both relegated from the Premier League a year ago. Blackpool have won 39 and Birmingham 32 of their 90 previous meetings.
• An own goal by Curtis Davies gave Blackpool a 1-0 lead to take into this second leg at St Andrew's.
• Davies scored for Birmingham in this season's league meeting at St Andrew's on New Years' Eve, which they won 3-0. Marlon King was also on target, as was Nathan Redmond after Blackpool's Barry Ferguson had been sent off for violent conduct.
• Birmingham are hoping to gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs for the second time in their history. Four of their previous five attempts were unsuccessful.
• The club, who finished one place and one point higher than Blackpool in fourth, suffered their first defeat in 10 games in Friday's first leg reverse.
• This is their 62nd fixture of the season. It is Blackpool's 53rd.
• Two years after taking Newcastle into the top-flight automatically, Chris Hughton is hoping to guide Birmingham back to the big time, in his first play-off campaign as a player or manager.
• Bolton (1995) are the only club to have lost the first leg of a play-off semi-final, and gone on to gain promotion to the Premier League.
• Two years ago Ian Holloway's Blackpool took a one-goal lead into the away leg of the Championship play-off semi-final, duly won the tie, and then beat Cardiff in the final.
• Last Friday's 1-0 first leg victory took the Seasiders' unbeaten sequence to eight games (W5, D3).
• It was also Blackpool's 10th consecutive victory in play-off games. They are the only club to have risen from the fourth tier to the top-flight entirely through this route, although it did take nine years.
• History would favour Blackpool. The club finishing fifth in the second tier after 46 regular fixtures has gone on to gain promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs six times in the last 20 years, whereas the club ending fourth have been ultimately successful only twice since 1992.
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