Wolverhampton Wanderers secured a return to the English Premier League after a six-year absence. Promotion was clinched by the runway League Championship leader without playing, thanks to Fulham conceding a stoppage-time goal to draw with Brentford 1-1 on Saturday.

Wolves players watched the game on television and were filmed anxiously watching the closing seconds before embracing in celebrations.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves, who have won 28 of their 42 games in the second tier, don’t play until Sunday.

Wolves have occupied top spot since October and achieved promotion with four games to spare. Attention will now turn to clinching the title, with Wolves nine points ahead of second-place Cardiff.

Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple credits Santo, a former Porto and Valencia coach, with spearheading the team’s revival since taking charge last year.

 

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