Former Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam has taken to his personal Twitter account to wish the Tangerines luck ahead of their play-off semi-final first leg against Oxford United tonight.
Blackpool travel to Oxford for the first leg of their League One play-off semi-final aiming to take a positive result back to Bloomfield Road for the second leg on Friday. The Tangerines managed to take four points off Karl Robinson’s side in the regular campaign and won on their most recent trip to the Kassam Stadium. That was a 2-0 win back in March, a result that moved them nearer to the top-six.
Neil Critchley’s side will be aiming for a repeat of that tonight and if they could take a victory back with them to Bloomfield Road then it would give them a massive advantage in the second leg. Blackpool have a strong record in the play-offs recently. They won promotion from them in various leagues in the 2000/01, 2006/07, 2009/10 and 2016/17 campaigns.
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Adam was a member of that 2009/10 promotion-winning Blackpool side, and he has taken to Twitter to issue a message to the Tangerines ahead of their play-off semi-final first leg against Oxford.
He wrote: “Good luck to the manager and players and fans tonight.”
Good luck to the manager players and fans tonight 👏👏
— Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) May 18, 2021
Adam knows all about what it takes to get through the play-offs, with him having been a vital part of the side that managed to defeat Nottingham Forest home and away in the semi-finals in 2009/10. While he then played an instrumental role in their 3-2 win against Cardiff City at Wembley as they clinched promotion to the Premier League.
Whilst Blackpool are aiming for the Championship, rather than the top-flight this time around, promotion this season would still be a massive step forwards for the football club. It would help them get back into the English second tier for the first time since their relegation in 2014/15. Since then, they have even had to experience a season in League Two.
Getting back into the Championship would be a huge achievement for Critchley, who has performed an excellent job since taking over at Bloomfield Road. Supporters will be hoping that Adam’s message brings them some luck and that they can take a positive result from their play-off semi-final first leg against Oxford tonight.