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29 May 2015

Swedish defender proud of Wembley triumph

MARTIN Olsson believes Norwich City winning the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley served as a fitting finale to a gruelling campaign.

The Canaries ensured an immediate return to the Premier League courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in front of over 85,000 supporters at England's national stadium.

That marked a perfect season conclusion according to Olsson, who said: "To end it at Wembley with all the attention and the amosphere is very good.

"We'd been preparing since the Ipswich game and it worked well. The manager is tough, but that's what we needed.

"It was a bit lively afterwards, because it's a good day for everyone after a long season."

A quickfire double from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond inside the opening 15 minutes left Middlesbrough reeling, with Aitor Karanka's side never able to fully recover.

The early strikes formed a key part of Alex Neil's pre-match strategy according to Olsson, with the Sweden international commenting: "The plan was to come out quickly, and it worked well.

"They were a different team after our two goals. We felt they were pressured and didn't have control of the game because we pushed them back.

"At half-time we said we'd treat the second half like we were drawing. They came out strongly, but we knew we just had to focus on not conceding and staying compact which worked well.

"They had some chances but we stayed strong to keep a clean sheet, which made it a good day."

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