Championship play-off final: Middlesbrough 0, Norwich City 2 - what the nationals said
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The national newspapers' views on Norwich City's 2-0 play-off final victory over Middlesbrough at Wembley.
The Daily Mail: 'Norwich, a team packed with Premier League experience, made it count. They coped with the occasion better than Boro, made fewer mistakes and took their chances. City were on the ball.'
The Telegraph: 'Norwich City deservedly reached the Premier League because they played like a Premier League team, being more composed, organised and clinical than Middlesbrough. At the final whistle, the tireless Bradley Johnson fell to his knees, a mixture of exhaustion and elation. He had given everything to achieve this dream. Players leapt into the crowd, embracing relatives. This meant more than £120m. This meant the world for Norwich.'
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The Guardian: 'They played like a team that was in a hurry to get back to the Premier League. Norwich City had dismantled the most parsimonious defence in the Championship inside the opening quarter of an hour and at the final whistle it was the yellow end, rather than Middlesbrough's banks of red, where the euphoria could be found. Middlesbrough failed to handle the pressure of the occasion. Norwich had Premier League experience and they were cannier. They settled quickly and, even ignoring the goals, the opening quarter of an hour could be neatly encapsulated by the moment Wes Hoolahan, such a clever little footballer, slipped the ball through the legs of Grant Leadbitter.'
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The Express: 'Goals from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond dismissed a gallant but ultimately outplayed Middlesbrough, as the yellow tide swamped the stadium on and off the pitch. Alan Partridge would have been proud. There was no 'Where are ya?' this time from Delia - her people were all present and correct on and off the pitch.'
The Independent: 'Teams have come back from two-down in a play-off final as recently as Rotherham last year, but not often. Boro looked so shellshocked they did well to reach half-time without conceding again. They beat Norwich home and away in the Championship this year but suddenly it was hard to work out how.'
The Mirror: 'Middlesbrough, who came into this game with the best defence in the division, were undone by a sloppy opening goal and a stunning second as they disintegrated in the first half. Boro's attack has leaned too heavily on Patrick Bamford to propel them forward in a campaign where they only feature in mid-table for goals scored. While Norwich - the best side in the division for parts of the season - could count on a raft of players to contribute. Four of the Championship's top eight goalscorers come from the Carrow Road club.'