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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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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24

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