'Dead duck' heading back to Wembley

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Ian Holloway insists Blackpool have come back from being "a dead duck" last summer after guiding the club to the npower Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg of their semi-final against Birmingham, Wednesday's absorbing 2-2 draw at St Andrew's ensured the Seasiders will now face West Ham in the final on May 19. Holloway's side are now just 90 minutes from making an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League after being relegated on the final day last season.

The Seasiders' progression to the showpiece final is arguably even more impressive this time around after they lost prized assets such as Charlie Adam and DJ Campbell. Holloway left comparisons down to other people, but said: "If you asked me last summer when I lost all those players, I would have said this was a dead duck but it certainly isn't."

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