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Ipswich Town 2-0 Huddersfield Town: Kieran McKenna’s Tractor Boys promoted to the Premier League after 22 years away | Football news

Ipswich have been promoted to the Premier League after their 2-0 win over Huddersfield, whose relegation to League One was confirmed.

With Kieran McKenna’s side already holding a three-point lead over third-placed Leeds going into the final game of the season, all they needed was a draw to secure promotion.

Yet a clinical finish from Wes Burns and Omari Hutchinson’s third goal in as many games sparked a revival.

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From the manager who turned things around to their star player and unsung hero, Sky Sports duo Simeon Gholam and David Prutton analyze how Ipswich achieved promotion to the Premier League

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Ipswich Town’s players are drenched in champagne as they celebrate promotion to the Premier League

The Tractor Boys have now completed historic back-to-back promotions, following their automatic promotion from Sky Bet League One runners-up to Plymouth last season, and will play in the top flight for the first time since the 2001/2002 season.

McKenna told Air sports: “It means a lot. Seeing how much it means to everyone and being one of the leaders in that is absolutely huge, so it’s a wonderful day and I’m very proud of everyone involved.

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Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna praised his players after they secured promotion to the Premier League

“It has taken an incredible amount of effort, sacrifice and support from many people. It’s an amazing achievement and it will sink in in the coming days, and I’m so very proud of everyone.

“It will be a good challenge (management in the Premier League). Of course there will be a lot of work to do within the football club, and that will start in a few days.”

Huddersfield, meanwhile, drops to the third tier for the first time since the 2011/2012 season.

Check out the goals that took Ipswich to victory!

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Wes Burns gave Ipswich a 1-0 lead

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Omari Hutchinson made it 2-0

How Ipswich completed the job on home soil

Ipswich Town celebrate their side's promotion to the Premier League after the Sky Bet Championship...
Ipswich celebrate their promotion to the Premier League with a trophy lift

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna celebrates their side's promotion to the Premier League after the Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road, Ipswich.  Date of photo: Saturday May 4, 2024.
McKenna celebrates with the Ipswich fans after the match

There were thousands of Ipswich fans outside the ground ahead of kick-off with smoke bombs and flares galore.

And the home team got off to a dominant start in front of an expectant crowd, with the opponent pressed into their own half for the first twenty minutes.

Axel Tuanzebe’s shot from just inside the penalty area was deflected past the Huddersfield post, George Hirst headed narrowly wide and Conor Chaplin’s 25-yard effort flew narrowly past Terriers goalkeeper Chris Maxwell’s left post.

Burns headed the ball across the penalty area to an unmarked Chaplin, but he headed wrong.

Ipswich should have taken the lead after a breakaway in the 25th minute. Chaplin passed the ball to Burns and he only had Maxwell to beat, but shot wide.

But the Tractor Boys took the lead two minutes later through the same combination with an explosion of noise greeting the goal.

Ed Sheeran is ready to celebrate promotion with the Ipswich players

Ed Sheeran plans to celebrate Ipswich’s promotion to the Premier League this week with a night out alongside the players.

The pop star, who sponsors the club’s shirts, filmed himself getting up early in Miami to join other Ipswich fans in the Tractor Boys’ success, before video calling the jubilant players in the dressing room.

In the call, Sheeran can be heard inviting the players to a celebratory gathering when he returns to Britain on Wednesday, joking that the need to earn money to pay for his sponsorship has kept him away until then.

Sheeran, who grew up in Suffolk, wrote on Instagram: “Back to back promotions for @ipswichtown. Very emotional.

“It wasn’t that long ago that I was sitting at Portman Road watching them lose in League One with 11,000 people watching. This is huge for the club, huge for the city and huge for football, which shows that anything is possible done with faith and passion.

“Congratulations to all the players, people at the club and of course super Kieran. Sorry I can’t be there to celebrate, but we don’t want another betting company as a sponsor next season. Uppa town. Emotional. See you in the Prem .”

Hirst initially linked up with Chaplin playing in Burns and his hard effort went just inside the near post.

It was all Ipswich as Burns clipped the ball over the top for Chaplin to rush onto it and it appeared to be bundled over by Matty Pearson, but referee Simon Hooper was unmoved.

Sam Morsy and Massimo Luongo were the next Ipswich players to make attempts at the Huddersfield goal and the visitors left the pitch having been completely outplayed in the opening 45 minutes.

Three minutes into the second period, the Tractor Boys extended their lead through Hutchinson. He received the ball from Morsy and shot from just inside the penalty area.

Burns’ cross found an onrushing Leif Davis, but his first-time effort bounced into the ground and over the crossbar as the home side looked for a third goal.

Huddersfield’s first shot on target came on 72 minutes, but Josh Koroma’s tame effort went straight into the gloves of Ipswich goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky, while at the other end Maxwell was called into action as he acrobatically turned away a long-range shot from Luongo.

Koroma came close to opening Huddersfield’s account with a shot that went over the crossbar and as time expired there was celebration for the majority of the 29,011 fans at Portman Road as thousands invaded the pitch at the final whistle.

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Breitenreiter: We created chances, but it was too late

Huddersfield manager André Breitenreiter:

“It’s not an easy game in Ipswich because they are very close to promotion and the atmosphere is there. They all expect to celebrate promotion and sometimes I enjoy some of these games but it’s not that easy to win.

“If the opponent plays bravely and uses space, it is sometimes possible to create chances and we played bravely and created our chances in the second half, but it is too late.

“We defended well as a compact unit and Ipswich created chances when we lost the ball easily.

“It was too easy for the first goal. Jack Rudoni lost the ball easily and it was passive to press against.

“We played a bit braver in the second half and created some chances twice with Josh Koroma with a header from Bojan (Radulovic), but they deserved to win 2-0.

“Congratulations to Ipswich Town for a great season, two promotions in a row. It’s really special and you could see a team playing really well and fast. They were better than our team in every position. Enjoy the celebration tonight.”