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Match Preview: Exeter City - Play-Off Final

Promotion The Wembley Prize

27 May 2017

Fixture | Blackpool vs Exeter City
Date | 28 May 2017
Venue | Wembley Stadium
 
Preview
Winner takes all at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, as Blackpool look to put all their good work over the 46-game season to perfect use by achieving promotion back to League One at the first time of asking.
 
Exeter City stand in Pool’s way in the Play-Off Final and if 22 goals across four semi-finals is anything to go by then it’ll be a rip-roaring, entertaining final. 
 
Gary Bowyer's side secured their place in the most dramatic of circumstances, defeating Luton Town in injury time at Kenilworth Road to set up a fourth Wembley trip in ten years for Pool.
 
Exeter left it late themselves to defeat Carlisle United in their own semi-final and will be led out by the EFL’s longest-serving manager in Paul Tisdale.
 
Recent Form
Kelvin Mellor forced an injury time own goal to see off Luton over two legs, with Nathan Delfouneso and Armand Gnanduillet also on target at Kenilworth Road. Mark Cullen’s hat-trick lit up the first leg, as The Seasiders put six past The Hatters.
 
Jack Stacey scored in injury time to move Exeter past Carlisle, after Ollie Watkins’ brace had put them in a healthy position. The first leg, which was drawn 3-3 in Cumbria, saw Joel Grant, Ryan Harley and David Wheeler on target for The Grecians.
 
Team News
Bowyer confirmed all his injury concerns were cleared after a good week’s training, meaning he’ll have plenty of decisions to make at the national stadium. Jim McAlister remains Pool’s only long-term injury.
 
Matt Jay and Robbie Simpson are Exeter’s absentees, with neither of them in full training. 
 
Pre-Match Quotes

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