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27 May 2015

15 goals and a Wembley victory for City's Player of the Year

BRADLEY Johnson heralded the 'highest point' of his career after helping Norwich City return to the Premier League with a Sky Bet Championship play-off final win over Middlesbrough at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

The Canaries' Player of the Year came within inches of adding a goal at England's showpiece stadium to his impressive showreel from this season, only for his crashing volley to bounce off the woodwork early on.

However, within a matter of minutes City had established an insurmountable 2-0 advantage courtesy of strikes from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond, with Johnson involved in the build-up to both goals.

A famous victory was met with jubilant scenes both on and off the pitch, and after the game Johnson admitted: "I was in tears at the final whistle, because it's been a long season.

"To end it with a victory at Wembley is unbelievable. It's the best day of my career, without question.

"The celebrations carried on in the dressing room for about 20 minutes afterwards, and everyone was throwing drinks around. There's no better way of doing it than at Wembley."

Johnson outlined his commitment to the cause earlier this campaign by penning a new three-and-a-half year deal, tying him to Carrow Road until at least the summer of 2018.

The 28-year-old feels an immediate return to the top-flight vindicates such a decision, commenting: "I've said before how much I wanted to get this Club back to the Premier League and now we've done that."

"I'm over the moon with my personal achievements this year. The end of last season was the lowest point of my career, and now this is the highest.

"We kept the spine of the team and everyone has worked hard to get us here. We're going to enjoy it now before looking forward to next year and pre-season - we'll be fully prepared."

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