Kenny Dougall turned the primary Australian to attain in a membership recreation at Wembley as his double in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Lincoln within the League One play-off remaining despatched Blackpool again to the Championship for the primary time since 2015.
The 28-year-old defensive midfielder’s targets both aspect of half-time accomplished a exceptional yr for him as he had been with out a membership after being launched by Barnsley final summer season.
He proved an impressed signing by coach Neil Critchley, who’s in his first senior managerial publish after seven years as Liverpool Beneath-18 and Beneath-23 coach.
“You do not get to play at Wembley typically, so to attain two targets is implausible,” Dougall informed Sky Sports activities.
Blackpool’s return to the second-tier Championship comes after a number of traumatic years since spending one season within the Premier League a decade in the past.
The upturn of their fortunes has come since Hong Kong-based businessman Simon Sadler acquired the historic membership for £10 million (11.6 million euros) from receivers in June 2019.
Sadler was at Wembley to see Dougall fireplace them again into the Championship after they got here again from conceding the earliest ever aim within the third-tier play-off remaining, Ollie Turton placing the ball his personal web after simply 48 seconds.
Critchley’s job seemed to be in danger when Blackpool misplaced six of their first 9 league video games this time period.
“After the beginning we had, to complete right here on this method has been unbelievable and I’ve obtained nothing however reward for everybody who’s supported me this season,” 42-year-old Critchley informed Sky Sports activities.
“They (Liverpool coaches and former captain Steven Gerrard) all communicate.
“Liverpool is a particular soccer membership and if ever I would like recommendation there isn’t any higher individuals than them.”