BIRMINGHAM CITY v BLACKPOOL
This evening we will find out whether it will be the Blues or the Tangerines who will be travelling to Wembley to face West Ham United for a place in the Premier League on 19th May.
The teams meet in their npower Championship Play-Off semi-final second leg at St Andrew's and the tie is evenly poised after Blackpool edged the first leg 1-0 courtesy of Thomas Ince's deflected shot at the end of the first half.
Ince claimed the goal at Bloomfield Road, although it has largely been reported as an own goal by Curtis Davies, and the midfielder has told www.blackpoolfc.co.uk that their aim will again be to get on the front foot at St Andrew's.
The former Liverpool man explained: "It's great to have an advantage going into the second leg but obviously we'd have liked it to have been a little bit more. We'll take the 1-0, go there on Wednesday and look to score.
"Home and away we can go and score goals and create goals so that will be no different on Wednesday."
The 20-year-old though is respectful of the attacking threat the home side also pose, and knows Ian Holloway's side will again have to be at their best defensively, all over the pitch, to combat the host's threat.
"We expected a lot from Birmingham, playing the ball to Marlon King and they've got quick wide players in Chris Burke and Nathan Redmond, who is highly rated at Birmingham.
"We were up for a tough task and throughout the team we defended fantastically, especially the back four and Angel and Barry. It allowed the front four to do what we do.
"The pressure is on in two games and it's all or nothing. The lads were fantastic and we're going to go to St Andrew's to try and see the tie out."
The Blues will again choose from the same squad that was available to them for the first leg. Keith Fahey (groin), Stephen Carr (knee), Boaz Myhill (thumb) and Steven Caldwell (groin) will again miss out.
Birmingham boss Chris Hughton is however hoping the boost of the home crowd can have an impact on the game.
He told www.bcfc.com: "The crowd will be massive for us, as it was for Blackpool on Friday night. They had a very vocal and passionate crowd and I would expect the same at St. Andrew's. But we've got to do our part on the football pitch and make sure we give them something to cheer about and something to get behind us for.
"They're a very loyal and passionate crowd and they will get behind us and make it a very daunting and noisy St. Andrew's.
"That's one side of it, but the more important side is what happens on the football pitch. It's no coincidence we are where we are and we deserve to be here because we have been able to win games and play well for large chunks of this season."
The first leg loss was the Blues first defeat in 10 matches matches and with just one goal needed to pull back on level terms, Hughton is calling for everyone to be patient: "It's not a game we have to win in the first five or ten minutes, because there will be 90 minutes.
"Right at this moment it's not about having to claw back two goals, like Cardiff had to. We've only got to get one goal to put ourselves right back in the tie again.
"Of course it doesn't have to come in the first five minutes so we have to be patient as a team and as the fans. It's not about going out gung-ho and leaving ourselves open to the qualities they have."
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