Blackpool clinched promotion into the Championship on Sunday afternoon, as they beat Lincoln City in the League One play-off final at Wembley.
The Tangerines found themselves a goal down within the first minute of the match, as Ollie Turton turned the ball into his own net, after a strong run and cross from Nottingham Forest loanee Brennan Johnson for Michael Appleton’s side.
But Blackpool have been one of the in-form teams in the second-half of the 2020/21 season, and fought their way back into the game from then on.
They were rewarded after 34 minutes for their pressure, as Kenny Dougall fired home the equaliser for Neil Critchley’s side, to spark jubilant scenes from the Tangerines supporters.
Dougall then netted his second of the game in the second-half, as he fired home clinically to give Blackpool the lead on the day and they held their nerve in the closing stages of the game to confirm their spot in the Championship for the 2021/22 campaign.
A number of former Blackpool players have taken to social media to wish their former side well, with Bright Osayi-Samuel being one of those.
The winger took to Twitter to congratulate his former side, after they clinched promotion back into the second-tier of English football.
Osayi-Samuel spent two full seasons with Blackpool earlier in his career, before making the move to QPR in 2017. He then went on to make 115 appearances in total for the Rs, before moving to Turkish giants Fenerbahce in January 2021.
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It’s good to see him congratulating the club after their recent achievements.
It’s been a tough few seasons for Blackpool, with the club struggling in the lower divisions of English football. But they certainly seem to be on the right track nowadays, whilst under the management of Neil Critchley.
The Tangerines have really impressed me in this year’s campaign, and they fully deserve promotion back into the Championship this term.
It’ll be interesting to see how they get on in the second-tier, as they’ve got the makings of a squad that I think is capable of staying in the Championship for years to come.