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Hull City back in English Premier League after just a year in second tier – SportsUntapped.com
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Added May 30th, 2016 by Ian

Hull City back in English Premier League after just a year in second tier
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Second-tier English Championship League side Hull City has earned promotion back to the Premier League after just one season by downing Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 28th. Hull now joins Burnley FC and Middlesbrough as the three teams that will play in the top flight of English football next season. Burnley won the Championship League to earn automatic promotion while Middlesbrough joined them as runners up. Once again, the Wednesday vs Hull match was billed as the richest ever in the sport since the winner will earn millions of pounds next campaign due to the Premier League’s new record-high 5.14 billion-pound broadcasting deal for each of the division’s 20 clubs. It’s believed Hull’s earnings next season will be a minimum of 110 million pounds.

Hull was the favourite with the bookmakers going into the game even though the two teams met each other in league play back in October at Hillsborough and played to a 1-1 draw and then drew 0-0 at the KC Stadium in Hull four month later. Sheffield Wednesday had won just two of their 10 prior meetings along three draws and losses. However, out of their 49 previous encounters, Wednesday had won 20 of them, lost 11 and drew 18. Hull reached the playoff final by edging Derby County 3-2 on aggregate in their two-legged semifinal series. Hull took the first game 3-0 in Derby and then lost 2-0 at their own pitch. Wednesday made it to Wembley beating Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 on aggregate with a 2-0 home victory along with a 1-1 draw in Brighton. 

Hull had finished the 24-team Championship League campaign in fourth place with 83 points after being relegated at the end of the 2014/15 season. They have a strong side with Abel Hernandez scoring over 20 goals to lead the attack. Hull, who is managed by Steve Bruce, also have plenty of players with top flight experience such as midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore along with defender Michael Dawson.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday was aiming to make it back to the Premier League for the first time since 1999/2000. They have some solid players in Fernando Forestieri, Lucas Joao and Gary Hooper and ended the season in sixth place with 74 points, which was good enough to earn them the final playoff spot and eventually their first Wembley appearance in quarter of a century.

Hull managed to win the playoff final courtesy of a Mo Diame goal in the 72nd minute. Diame, a midfielder from Senegal, curled a shot into the net from just outside of the 18-yard box and Wednesday had no answer for it. It was a tense and dramatic match, but Hull proved to be the better team and will now be financially rewarded for it. The losers had more fans in the stands at Wembley, but will now have to wait at least another year before hoping to play at the famous stadium once again. Things are far from rosy at Hull City though as the club is reportedly up for sale and it’s unclear if Bruce will remain as their manager.

Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal found his club wasn’t in top form at Wembley and that could possibly have been because the 12 days the squad had between the final and the semifinal appearance goalkeeper Keiren Westwood proved to be their best player against Hull and the fans were still happy with their season overall despite the loss at Wembley.

 
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