Forest return to the Premier League at Wembley

Nottingham Forest are back in the Premier League after a 23-year absence after beating Huddersfield Town 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium.

Sunday’s decisive goal came in the 43rd minute when Huddersfield defender Levi Colwill deflected a James Garner shot into his own net.

Former European champions Forest were relegated from the top flight in 1999. They join Bournemouth and Fulham, who won automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Steve Cooper’s side were deserved winners, dominating the first half and then maintaining their lead without Huddersfield really threatening their goal.

“I’m so proud of the players, the staff, the fans,” said Forest defender and captain Joe Worrall.

“We’ve been fantastic all season – we’ve been really unlucky not to come up automatically. We’ve played honestly and we’re playing football the right way,” he said.

The only scare came when Town’s Harry Toffolo fell in the box under a challenge from Jack Colback, but referee Jon Moss booked the Huddersfield full-back for a simulation.

Forest, who beat Sheffield United to reach the final, were English champions in 1978 under Brian Clough and won the European Cup in 1979 and 1980.

The East Midlands side had made a poor start to the season, sacking manager Chris Hughton when they were bottom of the league after taking just one point from their first seven games.

Former Swansea City manager Cooper took charge and transformed the campaign, leading Forest to a fourth place finish, two points behind Huddersfield.

Forest struggled to exit the Championship and Cooper was the 14th manager they appointed in 10 years.

“Everyone connected with the football club deserves today and we really look forward to a positive future,” Cooper said.

“I love being at this football club, it has changed my life professionally,” he added.

Huddersfield were relegated from the Premier League in 2019 after two seasons in the Premier League and finished 18th and 20th in the last two campaigns.

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