Ikeme's Wolves return to English Premier League after six-year absence

Tanya Simon
April 16, 2018

Nuno Espirito Santo's side, who face Birmingham on Sunday, watched on TV as a last-gasp equaliser from Neal Maupay earned Brentford a point at Craven Cottage, a result which meant Wolves are now assured of top-flight football next season for the first time since 2012.

Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end.

Wolves celebrated their promotion to the Premier League in style with a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship win against 10-man Birmingham at Molineux.

Wolves' six-season exile from the Premier League is over after Fulham's failure to beat Brentford confirmed the Championship leaders' return to the top flight.

Their superior goal difference over second-placed Cardiff City means that honour is nearly secured already. "They trust and believe and they kept doing that".

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Wolverhampton Wanderers know victory over Midlands rivals Birmingham City will seal their place as Championship winners.

In the years since their last Premier League adventure, Wolves dropped down as far as League One.

Wolves started the game with typical possessional dominance, but the hosts fell asleep at the back in the 11th minute, allowing Lukas Jutkiewicz to break in behind before being thwarted by two standout saves from John Ruddy.

Birmingham's task became even harder when Dean was dismissed for bringing down Costa as he raced towards the penalty area.

Jutkiewicz was then denied by Ruddy five minutes from time before Afobe ended their challenge - lifting the ball over Stockdale after a pass from Douglas.

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