Norwich City have won promotion to the Premier League after defeating Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. The Canaries raced into a two-goal lead inside 15 minutes thanks to goals from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond and held on to secure an immediate return to the top flight after being relegated 12 months ago.
Norwich captain Russell Martin told Sky Sports: "It's emotional after last year, which was so hard to take. "Middlesbrough did brilliantly this season but we put in probably our best performance of the season."
The club can now look forward to a £120m windfall from prize money, TV rights and sponsorship.
The opening goal owed much to the perseverance of Jerome and the slow reactions of Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala, who was robbed of possession on the edge of the area.
Jerome cut inside and tucked a low finish inside the goalkeeper's near post. The second Norwich goal came a matter of minutes later, when Redmond, an England under-21 winger, collected a pass and hit an angled shot that beat Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.
Apart from when Jelle Vossen hit the angle of post and bar with a sweetly-struck shot in the 10th minute, Karanka's side never really got going. Middlesbrough improved in the second half, with striker Patrick Bamford forcing a save from John Ruddy and Ayala seeing a header blocked on the line, but the revival came too late to trouble Alex Neil's team.
Neil told Sky Sports: "I believed we would do it, but it's one thing believing it and another thing doing it. Big players arrive on the big stage and you saw that in the first 20 minutes - we were unbelievable. We worked so hard to get here”. "The worst thing you can do is walk off having been scared."