CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL LIVE: DJ Campbell hat-trick sends Blackpool into play-off final - as it happened

Sportsmail has all the action from the crucial Championship play-off semi-final second leg between Nottingham Forest and Blackpool. Ian Holloway's side hold a slender 2-1 lead from the clash Bloomfield Road but can Billy Davies' team win through to the Wembley final and make it back into the Premier League for the first time in 11 years? Tom Bellwood has the news from 7.30pm.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL

FOREST 3 BLACKPOOL 4 FT

(agg 4-6)

9.40: FULL TIME Blackpool are through to the Championship play-off final! Thoroughly deserved result - Ian Holloway's side were excellent this evening.

A devastating six-minute spell in the second half saw the Seasiders score three goals and book their ticket to the biggest game in football at Wembley on May 22.

Blackpool stand on the cusp of top flight football for the first time in 33 years. Great stuff tonight, thanks for joining me.

9.38: GOAL DELE ADEBOLA taps home after some horrible defending from Baptiste, Adebola pounced on an attempted passback. Gilks saved the first effort but the ball broke loose and the big striker rolled home.

9.37: We'll have four minutes added on. And DJ Campbell has just crashed a shot off the crossbar.

9.35: Billy Davies has retreated to his dug out looking as deflated as any man I have ever seen. Ian Hollway is striding his technical area like a man who, well, is off to Wembley.

9.29: Do I need to tell you that the Forest fans are leaving in their droves? Thought not. Substitution for Forest - David McGoldrick is on for James Perch.

9.26: GOAL HAT-TRICK DJ CAMPBELL seals the Seasider's place in the play-off final with his first ever triple. Credit to Dobbie who has been sensational since coming on, cut through the Forest defence, his shot was saved by Camp but Campbell pounced on the loose ball to win the match ball.

9.24: Changes - Ben Burgess is on for Taylor-Fletcher and for Forest - Dele Adebola is on for Dexter Blackstock.

9.22: GOAL DJ CAMPBELL rounds off an exquisite move for his second of the night and hands Blackpool what must be an unassailable lead. Dobbie was involved again - neat one-touch move into the box and Campbell curled a cute drive into the corner. Forest defenders lying deflated in the box - they know the game is up.

9.20: Good Lord, Forest should be right back in this game and Earnshaw should have a hat-trick. From no more than five yards, Gilks saved with his legs.

9.18: GOAL STEPHEN DOBBIE hands Blackpool the advantage again. The on loan player from Swansea fired hard and low, it took a huge deflection off Kevin Wilson's ankle and spun into the corner - Camp had no chance.

9.15: Substitution for for Blackpool - Brett Ormerod is replaced by Stephen Dobbie.

9.12: GOAL ROBERT EARNSHAW with his second of the game restores Forest's lead and brings the sides level on aggregate again. Simple goal, really. Short throw, hooked over by Blackstock and hammered home from close range by Earnshaw for his 17th goal of the season.

9.10: Big handball shout. Earnshaw fired in a shot from the edge of the box - it hit a Blackpool hand on the way through Mark Clattenburg waves the appeals away.

9.06: Just over half an hour to play - Forest are on their way out of the play-offs as it stands.

9.01: GOAL DJ CAMPBELL lifts the ball over Lee Camp to bring the Seasiders level. Well worked goal as Ormerod lifted a ball over the back of Forest's defence - the angle wasn't great but Camp came  along way out . Campbell clipped the ball over the on-rushing keeper to send the 2,500 travelling fans into raptures. It's no less than they deserve, either.

For the record: DJ Campbell lifts the ball over Camp to bring the sides level

For the record: DJ Campbell lifts the ball over Camp to bring the sides level

8.57: Brett Ormerod goes in the book for a late lunge.

8.55: Billy Davies was ecstatic after watching what he thought was Earnshaw's second goal. And he threw a few expletives around after the flag went up.

8.52: GOAL... Hang on on, Earnshaw's effort has been ruled offside. Pivotal moment as the assistants flag comes up very (very) late to rule the striker had moved behind the Blackpool defence too soon. Tight call but the right one.

8.50: And we're back off and running.

8.48: In other news: David Cameron has just entered 10 Downing Street after announcing he is to become the new Prime Minister. You'll find more details elsewhere on the Mail website. Or you could just stay with this enthralling match - I know what I'd do.

8.35: HALF TIME That's the end of a breathless first 45 minutes - Forest lead but have been on the back-foot for the majority of the game. Blackpool have had the lions' share of possession and look confident. More in a bit.

8.33: Billy Davies is stalking the touchline, fixing his tie and tucking his shirt in with real vigour. Now either he has got a night out on the town later and wants to look best OR he's a wee bit nervous about this game. You decide.

8.29: Chance for Blackpool. Well, I say chance, it fell to Seamus Coleman - the defender on loan from Everton - and he skewed a shot high and wide over the bar from the edge of the box. 

8.26: The travelling fans are the ones making all the noise - their team may be trailing but they're very much on top.

Roaring on: Forest players celebrate with Earnshaw after his opener

Roaring on: Forest players celebrate with Earnshaw after his opener

8.22: Forest have certainly had the majority of the chances but, remarkably, they have only had 38 per cent of the possession. It would seem that Holloway knows just how to play Davies' side at home - the Seasiders won the league fixture here earlier this season 1-0.

8.18: Oooh, that's a fine opportunity, wasted by Forest. Neat build-up - one-touch passing came to Blackstock in the box who slipped at the point of shooting and the ball rolled into Gilks' arms.

8.14: Charlie Adam picks up the ball midway into the Forest half, takes a couple of yards to set himself and fires a rasping shot from 25-yards that's heading into the top of the net but Camp tips the ball *this far* over the bar. Fine effort, Corner.

8.12: After an opening 20 minutes on the rack, Ian Holloway's side are slowly gaining a foothold and are moving the ball around with real confidence. There's more goals in this game - I can feel it. If that's possible?

8.08: Any chance I can have a quick breather? This game is tiring just watching it.

8.04: Another effort from Charlie Adam fails to trouble Lee Camp. This time the big centre midfielder tried his luck with a free-kick around 30-yards out. He attempted to curl the ball into the top corner but forget to put any curl on it. Well wide.

Bobby's the boy: Earnshaw's early strike fires Forest in front

Bobby's the boy: Earnshaw's early strike fires Forest in front

8.01: Wry smile from Blackpool's top scorer Charlie Adam after he tried a cheeky lob seeing Camp off his line. He didn't catch it well and his effort bobbled into the Forest keeper's arms.

7.58: It has been a frenetic start to this game and Forest really now should lead 2-1. Earnshaw through on goal but Baptiste's challenge was impeccably timed and clipped the ball away as the striker pulled the trigger.

7.54: GOAL ROBERT EARNSHAW fires Forest in front and brings them level on aggregate. What a start to this game. Brilliant finish from the Wales international who picked up on Majewski's pass into the box and cut his shot back across Gilks into the far corner.

7.48: Fine effort Brett Ormerod. Blackpool almost take the lead via Ormerod's dipping volley from 25-yards out which goes no more than a yard or so over the bar. The atmosphere is brilliant - the game is matching it.

7.45: Blackpool get the game under way, shooting towards the Trent End.

Forest v Blackpool - teams

Nottm Forest: Camp, Perch, Morgan, Wilson, Gunter, Majewski, McKenna, Cohen, Tyson, Blackstock, Earnshaw. Subs: Smith, Chambers, Anderson, McGugan, Adebola, McGoldrick, Boyd.

Blackpool: Gilks, Coleman, Evatt, Baptiste, Crainey, Taylor-Fletcher, Southern, Adam, Vaughan, Campbell, Ormerod. Subs: Rachubka, Clarke, Burgess, Euell, Edwards, Bannan, Dobbie.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

7.43: Team news is in and there's not a great deal to tell you about after the game on Saturday ... Rob Earnshaw gets a starting berth and will partner Dexter Blackstock up front. Blackpool are unchanged from the first leg. And that's it.

7.41: Atmosphere building up very nicely now. The City Ground is already packed to the proverbial rafters. Think we're on for one of those nights.

7.36: So it's all happening today. Gianfranco Zola OUT - Gordon Brown OUT. But which one of these teams will be out of the running for a place in the Premier League? We'll know inside the next couple of hours.

Fun beside the seaside: Blackpool celebrate their first leg victory

Fun beside the seaside: Blackpool celebrate their first leg victory

7.30pm: Evening all and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the biggest game in football.

Well, almost - this is the decider to see which one of these teams gets to play in the biggest game in football. You know what I mean.

It's a very finely poised game tonight after Saturday's clash when the Seasiders came from behind to win 2-1.  

You know the drill - the team to go through will be decided tonight so that means extra time and penalties to make it through to the final on May 22.

Team news and all the build starts here and if you have anything you'd like to share on tonight's proceedings send it in this direction - tom.bellwood@dailymail.co.uk

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