Ricardo Vaz Te admitted feeling "blessed" after his late strike sealed West Ham's promotion to the Barclays Premier League as they beat Blackpool 2-1 in the npower Championship play-off final at Wembley.

The game looked to be heading towards injury time after Blackpool's Thomas Ince cancelled out Carlton Cole's opener for West Ham early in the second half, but Vaz Te fired Sam Allardyce's side into the lead in the 87th minute to seal a dramatic win.

Vaz Te told Sky Sports 1: "It's a great effort form the lads. Its not about the goal, we showed great character. I think we deserved it. We're a Premier League side and we deserved to go up. It's terrific really. I feel like I have been blessed with a second chance in my career and it's great to be here."

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