JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, May 2, 2011
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City have been promoted for the second straight year and will be playing in the English Premier League in 2011/12 for the first time since 2005.
Norwich City 1-0 Portsmouth
Zak Whitbread will be added to the list of Americans playing in the Premier League after his Norwich City took down Portsmouth to ensure automatic promotion.
Before the game, Cardiff City went down to Middlesbrough, meaning a Norwich victory would be enough to clinch promotion.
Whitbread started and went the distance as he has for the majority of the season.
The first half saw the American defender almost put the Canaries on the board when he headed wide a deflected David Fox free-kick
The goal did not come until the second half, but it came off the head of Simeon Jackson in the 50th minute. The Canadian international headed home an impressive cross from David Fox, putting the Norwich fans into a frenzy.
This was Jackson's seventh goal in nine games, and definitely his most important.
The Canaries are the first team to achieve back-to-back promotion in over a decade.
Aaron Mokoena and Hermann Hreidarsson were booked for Portsmouth.
The Canaries take on Coventry City next week while Portsmouth finish their season against Scunthorpe.
Anton Peterlin was left on the bench unused as Plymouth went down to Southampton.