Date:Friday May 4 2012
Birmingham City take on Blackpool tonight in the Championship play-off semi-final first leg and both teams will be looking for a good start at Bloomfield Road.
Blues finished one place and one point ahead of the Seasiders in the league and both sides come together tonight in good form as they search for a place at Wembley Stadium against what is likely to be West Ham United.
Marlon King 'My feeling is if we didn't have Europe and the other cup games that we would have been in the top two.
'But we've got a job to do and it's Blackpool. It's going to be a tough two games and we'll take it from there.'
Ian Holloway 'For part of me it was almost like a dream. It happened so quickly that I didn't really get chance to absorb it.
'I'd love every minute of this if we managed to do it again because I think it was so quick, so fast, so unique. None of us really had time for it to sink in.'
Blackpool defender Craig Cathcart will be absent as he continues to be assessed after suffering heart palpitations.
But striker Roman Bednar could feature after coming through a reserve game following a knee injury.
We all know what he can do.
Nikola Zigic should be back in the side, he has recovered from a knee injury picked up in the game against Reading.
Chris Hughton also hopes to have Jonathan Spector available, after the full-back returned to training this week from having a thigh injury.
Keith Fahey (groin) and Stephen Carr (knee) are getting close to the point of returning, but not quite yet so they will be sitting out this game.
Boaz Myhill remains out with a thumb injury.
Marlon King and Chris Burke are expected to start the game after being rested against Reading.
Always gets in a good performance, player of the season this time around.
This is their 90th meeting since 1897. Blackpool have won 38, Birmingham 32, with 19 drawn.
Birmingham did the double over Blackpool when they were in the Premier League together last season, then they drew 2-2 at Bloomfield Road in November in this season's Championship campaign, and won 3-0 at St Andrews on New Years' Eve.
The Seasiders last beat these opponents 2-0 at second league level in January 2009, but they have never played each other in a play-off setting.
Games - 30
Yellow cards - 70
Red cards - 0.
Good start for Blues, they will come away with a slender lead 2-1.
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Friday May 4 2012
Denny Johnstone joins Greenock Morton (Friday July 31 2015)
Blues' Ladies Thrash Villa (Friday July 31 2015)
Birmingham City snare young Gunner (Thursday July 30 2015)
Who Are Ya: Connal Trueman (Thursday July 30 2015)
Sunderland winger on Blues radar? (Thursday July 30 2015)
Birmingham City announce Shinnie deal (Thursday July 30 2015)
Blues Had to Wait on Kieftenbeld Fee (Thursday July 30 2015)
Demarai Gray Named in Emerging XI (Thursday July 30 2015)
Sask's Thoughts On Cotterill (Wednesday July 29 2015)
Solihull Moors 1-1 Birmimgham Development Squad (Tuesday July 28 2015)
|6. Bristol City||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
|Maybe Jones Isn't A 'Big Part' Of Cardiff's Plans!
» Cardiff : 31/07/2015 19:31:00
|Boro swoop for defender
» Middlesbrough : 31/07/2015 19:20:01
|Marshall To West Brom?
» Cardiff : 31/07/2015 19:16:00
|Boro keeper crosses border
» Middlesbrough : 31/07/2015 19:14:00
|LUFC Leeds United reveal squad numbers
» Leeds Utd : 31/07/2015 19:00:00