The Warmdown: Delightful Dougall inspires Tangerines to Championship return
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Kenny Dougall scored a goal in each half as Blackpool came from behind against Lincoln City to return to the second tier for the first time since 2015. 

The Australian's strikes sunk the Imps, who looked in control after opening the scoring within 50 seconds, where Ollie Turton turned the ball into the back of his net.  

However, it was the play-off specialists Blackpool who left Wembley knowing they'd be playing in in the Sky Bet Championship next season - all without star man Ellis Simms who got injured in the final training session before the fixture yesterday.

  • Great start for Imps

Michael Appleton's side started with a bang as they went 1-0 up inside the first minute, Brennan Johnson did a tremendous job on the right wing to put a dangerous cross hard and low into the box, which resulted in Turton turning it into his own goal, gutting for any defender, especially in a playoff final.

In a season where they've been full of goals, many would have expected them to go on and gain promotion the Championship for the first time in 60 years after such a superb start.

It just wasn't to be for the Lincolnshire side, but it is a successful season nevertheless and with the way the club is ran, they'll be right up there again next season. But, will likely be without influential loanees such as Morgan Rogers and Johnson.

  • Ispirational Dougall

With a defensive midfielder who's scored just two goals in his previous 82 games in English football, Kenny Dougall would have been one of the most unlikely sources for a brace to send the club back to the second tier. 

After going 1-0 down like they did so early on, the Seasiders were in serious need of some magic, and it came from Dougall ten minutes before half time. There could have been a possible handball in the build-up, but Elliot Embleton layed the ball off to Dougall who shifted the ball onto his left foot, and struck with great power leaving the goalkeeper no chance. Neil Critchley would have been more than happy going into half time at 1-1.

Much like they finished the first half, they came out with a bang in the second. Another wonderful strike put Blackpool 2-1 up, it was Dougall again who smashed it in from a similar sort of range after Jerry Yates worked the ball well in the box, he put it on a plate for the Australian who leathered it into the same bottom left corner. It was only his third goal for Blackpool, and they've all came in the playoffs - not a bad record at the times where it matters the most.

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  • Dreams come true for Blackpool

They say its not about how you start, but how you finish, After having a disaster start to the season, Pool certainly made up for it ending the season in the finest fashion possible.

After some horrendously dark years in recent times, this promotion will mean more than ever for fans of the North West side. With the end of the Oyston's reign in running the club, the last couple of years have been a great rebuild. As Blackpool local man Simon Sadler brought the club just two years ago, he would have never looked back. Neil Critchley came in as manager last year, he has done a stellar job in his first full season as the boss. He said from the start they'd get promoted, and they sure did. After snapping him up from Liverpool, it has turned out to be an amazing appointment. 

After a six year absence from the Championship, they're more than capable of causing a stir in the division next year if they do some good business this summer - no doubts that they won't invest well.

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