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Blackpool promoted to the Premier League

world Updated: May 22, 2010 21:56 IST

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Blackpool won promotion to the Premier League with a 3-2 win over Cardiff in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday.

Ian Holloway's side will play in the English top-flight for the first time since 1971 thanks to Brett Ormerod's winner at the end of a sensational first half.

Michael Chopra had put Cardiff ahead early on and, although Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam equalised soon after, a fine finish from Joe Ledley restored the Bluebirds' lead.

But Blackpool fought back superbly and Gary Taylor-Fletcher levelled before veteran striker Ormerod netted the decisive goal in first half stoppage time.