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Promotion "the highlight of my career", says Yates

30 May 2021

Blackpool striker, Jerry Yates, has described winning Sunday's Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final as "the highlight of my career", following the Tangerines' 2-1 victory over Lincoln City.

The Seasiders came from behind at Wembley Stadium to earn promotion via the Play-Offs for a record sixth time, with Yates recording an assist for Kenny Dougall's winning goal.

Speaking exclusively to the EFL after the final whistle, Yates said: “It’s the highlight of my career. That’s back-to-back promotions for me which is an amazing achievement; I’m doing it for my family and have worked really hard so I’m over the moon. We’re going to the Championship with a great group of lads, so why can’t we do it again?

“I’m speechless, to be honest. I’m just buzzing. I can’t wait to celebrate with these boys. We thoroughly deserved it; we went 1-0 down and you’re thinking the worst but our response was incredible, as it has been all season. 

“There’s nothing better than doing it in front of the fans either, they were our twelfth man today. There’s just no better feeling, I don’t know what to say."

Blackpool fought back after falling behind to the second-fastest goal in Play-Off Final history, as Ollie Turton put the ball through his own net after just 46 seconds.

Yates says his side's response speaks volumes about their never-say-die attitude, and praised manager Neil Critchley for the impact he's had since taking over at the club.

“It shows our character," he added. "We’ve got belief in ourselves and we know we can come back from anything and we did that today.

“I’d rather do it here with fans than go up automatically. It’s harder but we’ve all had a trip to Wembley and gone up, so there’s no better feeling.

“The manager has got it spot on every time. He’s unbelievable, he always gets it right tactically. We’ve kicked on under him and reacted; we’re confident in our own ability and knew what we could do and it’s all paid off."


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