Hull promoted to the Premier League with play-off victory over Sheff Wednesday

first_imgHull City return to the Premier League for the 2016/17 season having beaten Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium.The Tigers were dominant in the first half, as the Owls struggled with the occasion, but it was a frustrating 45 minutes for manager Steve Bruce as his side failed to take their chances.It took a wonder-strike from Mohamed Diamé in the second period to seal the victory and book his side’s place alongside Middlesbrough and Burnley in the top flight.WATCH Mo Diame’s stunning promotion-winning goal here!Hull were the side to settle the quicker, taking control of proceedings at Wembley as they looked to test the Owls’ nerves early on.Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone was the first to try his luck on goal, with his effort stinging the hands of Keiren Westwood.This was a preview of what was to come for the Tigers, with chance after chance created – but missed.Abel Hernandez, a club record £10m signing last summer, had a header cleared off the line mid-way through the first half. The Uruguayan nodded Robert Snodgrass’ corner towards the far corner only for Kieran Lee to block his effort and deny Michael Dawson on the follow-up.Wednesday were fortunate not to have conceded a penalty, as replays showed the ball had striked Lee’s hand. Carlos Carvalhal’s side almost rubbed in their luck moments later. Dawson lost the ball on the edge of his box and Fernando Forestieri pounced on the defender’s error. The forward, however, lacked composure, firing his effort wide.Hull, though, remained in control, forcing Westwood into a number of fine saves. And Diamé, with 40 minutes on the clock, almost gave his side the lead close to half time. After beating three of the Owls’ defenders, the 28-year-old unleashed a powerful strike, but his effort canoned off the post and out for a goal kick.With so many chances missed, Bruce’s frustration on the sideline continued to grow. Despite their dominance, the goalless scoreline left all to be played for after the break.It was more of the same as the second half got under way.The Tigers weren’t struggling for possession or chances, but were failing to make it count.An effort from close-range fired over the bar by full-back Andrew Robertson summed up the afternoon for Bruce’s side – so far – at Wembley.But this was soon forgotten. Diamé, who came close at the end of the first half, found himself with space 25 yards from goal and expertly sent the ball over the outstretched hand of Westwood to make it 1-0 to Hull in the 72nd minute.With the goal advantage, the Tigers began to dictate the play with confidence and it looked game over for the Owls, even with plenty of time remaining to draw level.With 10 minutes left to stage a comeback, Wednesday looked void of ideas as their dream of returning to the Premier League began to fade.Tiredness started to show and Hull City were able to seal an ultimately comfortable victory and hand manager Bruce a record fourth promotion to England’s top flight. 1 Mohamed Diamé celebrates after scoring the only goal to seal promotion to the Premier League for the Tigers last_img read more