KENNY DOUGALL was the unlikely hero as his two goals won Blackpool promotion to the Championship.
The Australian midfielder had only scored twice all season but he doubled his tally with two crackers at Wembley after his side came from behind.
And in doing so he wrote himself into the history books.
He became the first Aussie to score in a club game at Wembley.
And the man from Brisbane also became the first Blackpool player to score more than once at the national stadium since Stan Mortensen fired a hat-trick in the 1953 FA Cup final in a 4-3 thriller against Bolton.
With the way he finished with such deadly aplomb, it makes you wonder why he does not score more goals.
Now surely they will be selling Dougall Rock on Blackpool beach this summer.
Dougall, 28, said: “Earlier in the season, the manager told me not to shoot.
“I’m happy for myself and the team for getting the job done.
“It’s not every day you play at Wembley but to score two is unbelievable.
“My parents will have been watching in Brisbane, like they have all season, and there will be a few others out there who would’ve been cheering me on.”
It was a great end to the week for Dougall, who also got his first call-up to the full Australia squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Kuwait on Thursday followed by Chinese Taipei (June 7), Nepal (June 11) and Jordan (June 15).
What a turnaround it has been for the midfielder, who was unemployed last summer after being released by Barnsley.
Captain and keeper Chris Maxwell said: “Do you know he scored two goals just like that in training yesterday. They went into the exact same bottom corner, so it was absolutely fantastic.”
Blackpool had to win the hard way yesterday after giving Lincoln their opener after just 47 SECONDS when Ollie Turton turned past his own keeper from a Brennan Johnson cross.
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And the Tangerines defender said: “It was the worst thing that could’ve ever happened to me.
“The ball came so quickly but it’s one of those things. I had to get over it, there was still 90 minutes to play.
“I’m just thankful for the lads. We put in a great shift and showed what we have been about all season. I think we are deserved winners.”
But captain and keeper Chris Maxwell believes the gaffe was the best thing that could have happened to Blackpool.
He said: “It made us realise, ‘Right, we’ve got to pull our finger out and win this game.’”
Lincoln were unlucky not to double their lead after 25 minutes when Jorge Grant left fly from 25 yards but his effort thumped back off the angle of post and crossbar.
But the Tangerines – after a slow start – started to gain control and Dougall levelled 11 minutes before the break with a low driven effort from the edge of the box.
And he performed the same party trick nine minutes after the break with another thumping low effort that squeezed inside the left post.
Lincoln never really laid a glove on Blackpool apart from their early efforts although hearts were in mouths as the ball fell to Regan Poole deep in stoppage time unmarked but he blazed over the bar.
So much credit should go to local man and owner Simon Sadler, who rescued the club two years ago.
And now he has got them back into the Championship and got Blackpool fans dreaming of a return to the Premier League, where they were just 10 years ago under Ian Holloway.
Dougall said: “We’re not thinking about the Premier League right now but we’ll certainly enjoy tonight and get ready for the Championship.”
For Lincoln, although their performance fell short of causing Blackpool many problems, you cannot lose sight that this is a club that was playing non-league football just four years ago.
And this season has been a marathon for the Imps.
Boss Michael Appleton said: “Today was our 61st game – only Manchester City and Manchester United have played more games this season.
“It shows how far we’ve come. We fell short at the last hurdle. You sometimes have to do more to get over the line.
“We gave them an OK game but it’s not enough to get you over the line in finals.
“If this does not drive the players to play these matches on a regular basis then nothing will.”
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