Jackson sends Canaries back to Premier League
Published 03/05/2011 | 05:00
Simeon Jackson kept up his hot streak to fire Norwich back into the Premier League.
The striker headed his ninth goal in seven matches to sink stubborn Portsmouth and secure promotion for Paul Lambert's side.
Third-placed Cardiff's shock home defeat by Middlesbrough meant Norwich kicked off knowing a win on the south coast would ensure they went up with a game to spare.
Jackson's priceless strike completed a remarkable rise for the Canaries. City dropped out of the Premier League six years ago and hit rock-bottom when they were at the foot of League One on the opening day of last season following a 7-1 defeat by Colchester.
Their reaction to that hammering was to promptly hire the opposition manager, and just 20 months later Lambert's Norwich have become the first team to achieve back-to-back promotions to the top flight since Manchester City in 2000.
On a memorable night for the Norfolk club, more than 3,000 fans partied in the away stand while players including Dubliner Wes Hoolahan celebrated on sealing their promotion with one game remaining.