A blistering first-half display in Sky Bet Championship play-off final saw Norwich City beat Middlesbrough 2-0 and sealed an immediate return to the Premier League. The result of the match marks a dramatic turnaround for Norwich who having turned to former Hamilton boss Neil, produced an accomplished display to beat the opponent for the first time this season. The club has been suffered from defeats both home and away in the regular season.
The Canaries raced into lead inside 15 minutes by having two goals, thanks to Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond. The goals were successfully secure a return to the top flight after being relegated 12 months ago. The club can now look forward to a £120 million from prize money, TV rights and sponsorship.
“It’s emotional after last year, which was so hard to take,” told Norwich captain Russell Martin. “Middlesbrough did brilliantly this season but we put in probably our best performance of the season.” Neil’s men took hold from the first half of the game in front of 39,500 travelling supporters at Wembley.
Neil may be the one who deserve more appraisal as it was his second consecutive promotion after guiding Hamilton to the Scottish top flight 12 months before the Camaries eased past Boro. He deserves the party he is going to have with the family following the end of 2014/2015 season.
“The next couple of days will be busy. It’s been a long two seasons for me and the play-offs is another three weeks. I’m just here to do as well as can to make us as good as can be,” stated the manager. Deila Smith, the Norwich City co-owner, hugged each of the players as they went to get their medal and she praised Neil highly.
Middlebrough’s team bus arrived late to Wembley after getting stuck in heavy traffic, and Aitor Karanka’s team paid the price for failing to get into gear.