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The Valley (ATT 20,023) 17th April 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Hall

Charlton Charlton Athletic vs Norwich City Norwich

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M Nelson (34)

Norwich are promoted

Canaries seal promotion

Nelson header sinks Addicks at The Valley

Last Updated: 17/04/10 7:14pm

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Lambert: Promotion

Lambert: Promotion

Norwich made it an immediate return to the Championship with a promotion-clinching 1-0 victory over Charlton at The Valley.

Centre back Michael Nelson was the Norwich hero as his first-half header proved the difference at the ground where the Canaries were relegated last year.

Yet, while Nelson will grab the headlines for his goal, the visiting side had goalkeeper Fraser Forster to thank for a string of superb second-half saves.

Charlton midfielder Nicky Bailey had the best chances for the home side, who are at least guaranteed a place in the play-offs after Colchester's loss at Hartlepool.

And Addicks striker Nicky Forster was twice kept out by his namesake between the posts.

Both sides got off to a nervy start - indicative of what was at stake for both clubs - but Simon Lappin's inch-perfect corner was met by Nelson's head to cue wild celebrations from the visiting fans.

Deon Burton could have equalised on the hour, but he was also denied by a wonderful Forster save.

The visitors packed men behind the ball for the final 20 minutes and held on enough before venturing onto the pitch at full-time to celebrate with the packed away end.

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8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
14 Bristol City 43 53
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16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39

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