Norwich back in EPL without kicking a ball

Norwich were a picture of despondency when they went down last season - but they're back in the EPL.
Norwich were a picture of despondency when they went down last season - but they're back in the EPL.

Norwich City are back in the Premier League without having to kick a ball after their Championship promotion rivals both failed to win.

The Canaries were able to celebrate a return to the top-flight ahead of their match on Saturday evening against Bournemouth.

They knew that a victory over the Cherries at Carrow Road would ensure an instant return to the top flight after they were relegated in July.

But promotion rivals Swansea and Brentford both failed to win in their lunchtime kick-offs against Wycombe and Millwall respectively, with the two games ending in draws.

It meant Norwich's points total of 90 can only be reached by Watford, who occupy the other automatic promotion spot in second.

Boss Daniel Farke remained in charge despite their bottom place finish in the Premier League last season and has masterminded a superb campaign, with 27 wins out of their 41 league fixtures so far.

A late fightback by Swansea at home to relegation-threatened Wycombe could not deny Norwich their instant return.

Jamal Lowe and Liam Cullen struck in the final 10 minutes at the Liberty Stadium to earn the Swans a 2-2 draw.

Victory for fourth-in-the-table Brentford at home to Millwall would have ensured the champagne stayed on ice at Carrow Road, but Lions goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski only had one save to make at Griffin Park in a 0-0 draw between the London rivals.

Australian Associated Press