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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 Bristol City 39 84
2 Preston North End 38 74
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 39 61
6 Rochdale 38 56
7 Barnsley 39 56
8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
10 Bradford City 37 54
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 39 53
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33

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