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23 May 2015

Midfielder relishing Wembley atmosphere

ALEX Tettey is determined to make Monday's Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough at Wembley Stadium (3pm) one of the highlights of his career.

The Norwegian midfielder is no stranger to the big occasion, having made his Champions League debut for Rosenborg away to European giants Real Madrid as a teenager.

After helping his current side progress to within 90 minutes of the Premier League courtesy of a two-legged victory over East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town, Tettey exclusively told "It's right up there for me because of what's at stake, where the game is and the atmosphere.

"It's the ultimate prize to play at a massive stadium with a lot of history in front of 90,000 people. Winning against Ipswich was good but we're just looking to win the final as that would mean much more.

"I'd be fit to play this game at any cost, so it's all about getting ready for the ultimate battle. My target at the start of the season was to get back to the Premier League, and I know we're good enough.

"It's where everyone wants to be. That's still the target, because we haven't won anything yet."

The regular season saw Middlesbrough collect a pair of victories over the Canaries, although the 29-year-old played down the significance of those meetings, commenting: "In a final anything can happen because it's going to be intense from the beginning.

"If they think it's going to be the same then they are wrong, although they are a good side. Defensively they are strong so we have to start well then see it through.

"The big pitch will give us space to play, which will make it a fantastic game. Having 40,000 fans at Wembley is going to be incredible.

"We have to make sure at the end of the game we've given the fans what they want; we have to give them promotion."

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