Championship play-off final: Five conclusions from Tigers’ triumph

Date published: Saturday 28th May 2016 7:49

Hull City: Deservedly beat Sheffield Wednesday

Hull City: Deservedly beat Sheffield Wednesday

Their finishing was awful and many of their fans stayed away but Mohamed Diame’s strike earned Hull promotion and approximately £110million.

Brucie’s bonus

Steve Bruce made history by becoming the first manager to win four promotions into the top flight since the Premier League was formed in 1992. The former Manchester United captain took Birmingham up in 2002 and 2007, and has now won promotion as Hull boss twice in three years. The question is, can he keep them there this time?

Steve Bruce Hull City

The golden shot

Various estimates put the value of winning promotion at around £170million. It’s a bit less for Hull, who now forego their parachute payments after bouncing straight back after last season’s relegation. But Mo Diame’s shot is still worth the thick end of £110million for the Tigers.

Finished product?

While they were unlucky to have a header cleared off the line and to find Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood in fine form, Hull’s finishing was terrible. Diame should have done much better with his shot which hit the post, and Andy Robertson’s composure deserted him eight yards out. It was going to take something special for them to win it, and luckily Diame provided it.

Andrew Robertson Hull

They can’t all be at the rugby

The sight of rows and rows of empty seats in the Hull end was disappointing. A club now about to return to the Premier League should surely be able to sell more than two-thirds of their allocation? Or was it because Hull were playing St Helens in the rugby league? The Wednesday end, by contrast, was packed and bouncing and their fans deserved better.

Hull fans Wembley

What are the odds?

Just in case anyone fancies a flutter on Hull doing a Leicester and winning the Premier League title next season, you can get a juicy 1500/1. Worth a pound of anyone’s money, surely?

Andy Sims, Press Association

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