Cullen and Potts fire Blackpool to promotion
The victory, which was secured with goals from Brad Potts and Mark Cullen, means the Tangerines return to Sky Bet League One at the first time of asking, following back-to-back relegations.
With the ball hitting the back of the net 22 times in the semi-finals, goals were always expected in the showpiece, and Potts’ opener came after only 130 seconds – he finished coolly from the edge of the box following an exquisite Cullen lay-off.
Exeter’s equaliser, in the 40th minute, was just as impressive, as David Wheeler brought down a long ball before lobbing Blackpool goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.
The Grecians failed to maintain that momentum after the break, however, and it proved to be the Seasiders’ day. For their 64th-minute winner, Potts turned provider, cutting the ball across the six-yard line for an outstretched Cullen to poke home.
Paul Tisdale’s men huffed and puffed in an attempt to find a leveller but it wasn’t to be, and Gary Bowyer’s men ended two seasons of misery with Play-Off promotion.