Championship round-up: WBA leave it late against Blackpool

08 April 2008
West Bromwich Albion looked to be suffering from an FA Cup hangover as they trailed 1-0 to lowly Blackpool until the last nine minutes before the final whistle. Striker Ben Burgess had scored 10 minutes shy of the interval from a header following Stephen Crainey's free-kick, and Mowbray's side had to undergo major changes to win the game. WBA, who lost out on getting to the FA Cup Final to Premiership Portsmouth on Saturday at Wembley, were dealt a cruel blow when centre back Martin Albrechtsen sustained an injury and had to be replaced by Leon Barnett.

Manager Tony Mowbray brought on former England striker Kevin Phillips off the bench with 25 minutes remaining and super Kev did the trick. In the 81th minute Crainey fouled Carl Hoefkens in the box, and Phillips slotted the penalty. Three minutes later ex-Manchester City forward Ishmael Miller's shot rebounded to Phillips, who happily knocked the ball in. Miller then scored himself to make it 3-1 to West Brom who leapfrogged Watford, Hull and Stoke to second in the Championship.

In the other game in the Championship on Tuesday relegation-plagued Sheffield Wednesday thought they had pulled a rabbit out of the hat against local rivals Sheffield United. Only one point clear of the drop zone before kick-off, Wednesday tripped across town to Bramhall Lane and Adam Bolder was the two-goal hero who was instrumental in taking Wednesday to 2-0 up with half an hour remaining.

Bolder scored twice either side of half time, but United pulled one goal back when Richard Wood put the ball in his own net. Striker James Beattie then ruined Wednesday's party, smashing home a free-kick with only five minutes left on the clock. The 2-2 result was good for neither play-off chasing United nor relegation dodging Wednesday.