It was not a dream, City return to promised land

Columnist Edward Seaman
Columnist Edward Seaman
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I am sure I wasn’t the only Norwich City fan to wake up on Tuesday morning and pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t all a dream.

It is often said the most satisfying way to gain promotion is via the play-offs but until you achieve that feat it is impossible to understand the sheer ecstasy that comes with victory at Wembley.

The 40,000 strong sea of yellow-and-green that swallowed the home of football was simply stunning to witness – matched only by the performance of those heroes on the pitch.

The intensity and desire in not only our play, but our willingness to win the ball back in the first 15 minutes effectively won the match and secured our place back to the Promised Land.

It wasn’t just the goals of Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond, but the commitment and composure of every player who pulled on the shirt on Monday. It was a performance that showed that those players are back where they belong.

For a lot of them, it would have been easy to leave last summer, but those who stuck by us and gave their all deserve the world of credit.

As does Alex Neil, who galvanised this club when he took over and his tactical masterplan on the day was a big factor in beating Middlesbrough.

Neil is rightly gaining all the plaudits for turning this season around, and I am excited to see how he fares in the Premier League next season.

The hard work will begin in earnest, but for now let’s continue to bask in the Wembley glory as occasions like this do not come around often.

Those scenes at the final whistle will live long in the memory of every Norwich City fan and I for one am so proud of everyone involved in the club.

One the ball City; it’s time to enjoy the summer.