22nd May, 2011
Blackpool’s fairytale debut season in the top-flight came to an end at Old Trafford this evening as they were beaten 4-2 by champions Manchester United.
Blackpool had dared to dream of a stunning upset over United when goals from Charlie Adam and Gary Taylor-Fletcher fired the Seasiders into a 2-1 lead following Park Ji-Sung’s early opener.
But an equaliser from Brazilian midfielder Anderson was followed by an Ian Evatt own goal before Michael Owen wrapped up a 4-2 victory that sent Ian Holloway’s popular minnows back to the Championship next season.
“This is a special group down here and we’re very disappointed right now,” a dejected Holloway told skysports.
Also, Birmingham were relegated from the Premier League after losing 2-1 at Tottenham, while Wigan and Wolves scrambled to safety in a thrilling finale to the English season.