Friday 23 March 2018

Di Matteo braced for tough test as Baggies go up


Gordon Tynan

WEST BROMWICH ALBION manager Roberto Di Matteo is looking forward to testing himself in the Premier League next season after his side sealed promotion at Doncaster on Saturday.

The 3-2 victory saw West Bromwich ensure their return to the top flight after just one season. Di Matteo knows managing in the top flight will be the toughest task he has yet faced. He said: “It’s like when you are a baby and you learn to walk and next year we need to learn to run.”

Leicester’s hopes of a second successive promotion were boosted by a 2-1 win at Peterborough who came up with them from League One last season but are already guaranteed an immediate return.

Reading still harbour outside hopes of the play-offs after drawing 0-0 at Cardiff. Nottingham Forest ensured their place in the play-offs and checked Ipswich’s recent progress up the table with a 3-0 home success.

Already-promoted Newcastle dented Blackpool’s hopes of finishing in the top six with a 4-1 win. Preston and Watford lifted their survival hopes with wins over fellow strugglers Scunthorpe (3-2) and Plymouth (1-0) respectively.

In games involving teams who are unlikely to figure in the promotion or relegation equation, Sheffield United defeated Coventry 1-0 while Barnsley and Derby played out a goalless draw.

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