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Sport Norwich City earn immediate promotion back to the Premier League

19:25  17 april  2021
19:25  17 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Norwich City have sealed their return to the Premier League at the first time of asking after both Swansea and Brentford dropped points to secure the Canaries' automatic promotion.

Daniel Farke's side went into Saturday knowing that victory over Bournemouth in the late kick-off would seal promotion but Swansea's draw with Wycombe and Brentford's stalemate with Millwall meant Norwich were promoted without kicking a ball.

It is the Canaries' fourth promotion from the Championship in a decade and sparks an immediate return to the top-flight after their relegation last season.

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Norwich have dominated the Championship title race and have already amassed 90 points with just five games of the league season to spare.

Farke's men have lost just once in 2021 and are currently on a 13-match unbeaten run - a streak which contained nine straight wins in February and March - which was central to their promotion bid.

Also at the heart of the Canaries' success is the goalscoring form of Finnish striker Teemu Pukki who has 25 league goals this season, while Argentinian midfielder Emiliano Buendia has 12 Championship goals and 16 assists to his name.

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Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, who has six goals this season, tweeted: 'The come back always feels sweeter! Been some character shown by everyone involved. Back where the club belongs.'

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Frenchman Melvin Sitti posted: 'What a team ! What a Family !! Congratulations guys !! We’re back and we are all canary'

Sportsmail columnist and former Norwich forward Chris Sutton tweeted: 'Well done to @NorwichCityFC and Daniel Farke on a stunning promotion back to the top flight and a brilliant season. Absolutely outstanding.'

Fellow former Canaries forward Dean Ashton also posted: 'Absolutely delighted for my old club @NorwichCity Promotion back to the @PremierLeague at the 1st time of asking! Style, flair and hard work! Joy to watch.'

Norwich can now seal the Championship title if they beat Bournemouth on Saturday evening and hold second-placed Watford to at least a draw at home on Tuesday night.

The second Championship promotion spot is still up for grabs with Watford, Swansea, Brentford and Barnsley all mathematically still in with a chance.

The Hornets, who lost 1-0 away at Luton Town at Saturday lunchtime, have a six point lead over third-placed Swansea. Brentford can reduce the gap to five points if they win their game in hand, while the Bees host Watford on May 2.

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