Alex Tettey: Playoffs are the best way to go up

Norwich City

The Canaries are back in the Premier League next season after their playoff victory over Middlesbrough.

Norwich City's 2-0 win over Middlesbrough last week sealed their promotion to the Premier League and left all associated with the club in dreamland.

Midfielder Alex Tettey was particularly delighted, having been part of the side that slipped out of the top flight 12 months ago, and he told the club website that going up via a Wembley final was the best way to achieve promotion, rather than finishing in one of the two automatic places - as both Bournemouth and Watford managed this season.

"Now I understand why they say the playoffs are the best way to go up," said the Norwegian international. "I am very happy, and the group is very happy.

"To see so many fans gave us the extra power to go there and do our best. It was unbelievable, and I was so happy I gave them a little bit of a dance!"

The former Rennes man's jig was part of understandably wild celebrations by both the Norwich players and fans, made all the more sweeter as they dispatched rivals Ipswich Town at the semi-final stage.

Tettey joined the club at the start of the 2012-13 season and featured in 39 games this season, scoring once.

Manager Alex Neil has taken the Canaries into the top flight at the first time of asking after they finished third in the Championship, having taken over from Neil Adams in January.

He will be looking to avoid the fate of last year's playoff winners QPR, who finished bottom of the Premier League and slipped back down to the second tier.

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