Scenes As Bolton Avoid Relegation On Day Of High Drama In Championship

Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart warms-up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester

Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart warms-up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester

However, frustration soon turned to elation when news filtered through that promotion rivals Fulham had fallen to a surprise 3-1 defeat against Birmingham City - cementing Cardiff's ascension back into the Premier League after a four-year absence.

Lukas Jutkiewicz of Birmingham City scored the first goal against Fulham, contributing to the end of the club's unbeaten run and their automatic promotion hopes.

After all, Warnock said only past year, "I don't like the Premier League" and his record highlights that, for him, the achievement has always resulted in huge let-down.

Etheridge went through the eye of a needle to realize his Premier League dream. There are always going to be doubters and people that will question you as a player but you've just got to get through it.

Etheridge makes a point of saying he feels a debt of gratitude to Warnock not only for signing him but also for "sticking by me throughout the season", and he goes on to talk about how the manager "has got every player in the dressing room believing in him".

Aston Villa and Middlesbrough - who will face each other in the play-offs - both failed to win, the former losing 1-0 at Millwall while Boro needed a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at Ipswich Town.

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Neil Etheridge marks a big year with the Philippine Azkals and his club Cardiff City.

Neil Warnock took to the stage to deliver an end of season speech, and ended up leading the room in a rendition of Bob Marley and the Wailers" hit "Three Little Birds'. which was caught on camera by Kenneth Zohore and Liverpool loanee Marko Grujic.

The ascent of Cardiff City to the Premier League is a tale from football's underbelly.

Warnock proved to be a flawless fit for Cardiff, which plays in the image of its gritty and no-nonsense manager. "I've got a great bunch of lads". It's such a fabulous achievement, because nobody gave us a chance.

There will be two Welsh clubs in England's top division next season if Swansea manages to stay in the Premier League.

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