Full-time: Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich

Nathan Redmond and Bradley Johnson embrace after Norwich beat Middlesbrough at Wembley to secure promotion back to the Premier League. AFP

A fully deserved and lucrative victory for Norwich as they celebrate the rare feat of returning to the Premier League after just one season back in the second tier.

Such an achievement is all the more impressive when you consider that their promotion bid looked to have well and truly ground to a halt before Neil's arrival four months ago.

Middlesbrough have had their best season for many a year, yet they just did not turn up on the day and in truth never looked remotely capable of finding a route back into the match after Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond had left them reeling with two goals inside the first 15 minutes.

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Norwich are promoted to the Premier League



Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich


Redmond has certainly played his part today and he embraces manager Alex Neil as he heads to the bench. Gary O'Neil on for the final few minutes.


A golden chance for Ayala as he breaks clear of his marker at a corner but his powerful header is diverted away from goal by substitute Grabban. Crucial intervention.


Norwich still searching for a third as Redmond flashes a free-kick wide of goal.

Middlesbrough then appeal for handball in the box as Friend impressively cuts inside Whitaker and his cross is blocked.


A rousing reception for Jerome as he heads towards the touchline to be replaced by Grabban.

Norwich have also sent on Graham Dorrans for Wes Hoolahan with 15 minutes left to play.

Time is really running out for Middlesbrough now.


Another change for Karanka as Vossen departs and Kike, scorer of 12 goals so far this season, jogs on.

A chance for Norwich to put the tie firmly beyond reach then goes begging as Russell Martin jostles for position before heading Redmond's dangerous corner over the top.


Just 25 minutes now stand between Norwich and a place back in the Premier League.

Middlesbrough have been somewhat more energetic after the break, but they still do not look likely to mount a serious fightback.

One goal could change that.


Middlesbrough continue to crank up the pressure. Vossen is booked for simulation following a tangle with Whitaker before Bamford tests Ruddy with a low drive after being fed nicely by Lee Tomlin.


More purpose already from Middlesbrough at the start of this second 45 as they win a corner through Adomah.

Leadbitter swings it in for Ayala, who heads over the bar. Better.


We are back underway at Wembley.

Karanka has made one alteration at half-time, with Emilio Nsue on for Whitehead in what is a very attacking change.


A perfect half for Norwich, but Middlesbrough have been mostly wretched and far below the standard you would expect in a game of this importance.

Aside from Vossen's shot that shook the crossbar with the score still level, they have created no clear-cut chances of note and must seek to significantly reduce the gap between their midfield and the isolated Bamford.

A big 45 minutes awaits, but at the moment it appears as if Norwich are set to leave the Championship behind after just one season.



Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich


After the briefest of flurries, this is desperately poor from Middlesbrough with five minutes of the first half remaining.

They are not harming Norwich in the slightest and look utterly incapable of providing lone striker Bamford with any sort of meaningful service.

Karanka is pitching in with constant encouragement from the touchline but the Spaniard will need to produce a rousing half-time speech if his team are to produce an unlikely comeback.

Norwich cruising towards victory with preciously little resistance.


A brief moment of uncertainty for Ruddy as Sebastien Bassong can only send Adomah's cross high into the sky but he eventually claims under pressure.

Dean was playing the advantage anyway, so the danger was always minimal.


Vossen heads wide from George Friend's cross before Leadbitter floats in a free-kick from distance that drifts harmlessly past Ruddy's left-hand post.


A testing period ahead for Karanka's side now. They cannot concede again and possibly hope to turn this around. Their supporters are shellshocked and it's no wonder.

What a start from Norwich, though. Only complacency would prove their undoing from here you would have thought.


A nightmare start for Middlesbrough as Norwich double their advantage with the match not yet 20 minutes old.

A lovely passing move involving Whitaker and Jerome ends with Redmond firing wonderfully into the bottom corner. Do the Canaries have one foot back in the Premier League already?


Goal: Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich (Nathan Redmond)


Norwich draw first blood as Jerome catches Daniel Ayala in possession outside the Middlesbrough box before rolling the ball through the legs of Konstantopoulos from a narrow angle.

The towering Greek did not make that as difficult as he might have done. Dreadful mistake from Ayala.


Goal: Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich (Cameron Jerome)


The game explodes into life as Johnson crashes against the bar for Norwich before Jelle Vossen does likewise at the opposite end just moments later with a wonderful attempt.

What a minute of action.


Smart defending from Dean Whitehead, who prevents Bradley Johnson from making contact with Steven Whitaker's lofted ball forward.

At the other end, Albert Adomah sends in a cross of his own but it is comfortably claimed by Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.