Cardiff return to Premier League but Barnsley, Burton go down

Cardiff return to Premier League but Barnsley, Burton go down

Philippines worldwide Neil Etheridge helped Cardiff secure automatic promotion to the Premier League following a 0-0 draw with Reading in their final match of the EFL Championship season. I don't know, it's just incredible. He is working under Vincent Tan and I know I am going to get the support I want.

Etheridge will get a chance to make his Premier League debut next season, something that eluded him during his spell with Fulham from 2008 to 2014, having to play behind first-choice goalie Mark Schwarzer and David Stockdale.

Etheridge went through the eye of a needle to realize his Premier League dream.

Neil Warnock's men earned a record eighth promotion for their manager, but made hard work of a scrappy Reading side. Burton suffered 2-1 defeat to Preston.

Ivorian defender Sol Bamba, who used to play Championship football in Scotland with Dunfermline in the earlier part of his career, was awarded goal of the season for his effort against Brentford. 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.

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While Cardiff failed to beat the relegation-threatened Reading at the Municipality Stadium, Cardiff's promotion to the Premier League was never in peril, as Fulham's opponents Birmingham City scored twice in the first half to cue celebrations heard in both Birmingham and Cardiff.

"They're proud of being Bluebirds again, the fans", Warnock added.

After steering them to safety last season, the 69-year-old former Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers manager masterminded an improbable promotion.

Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge (left) dives to stop the ball during the first round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup football qualifying match between Sri Lanka and Philippine in Colombo on June 29, 2011.

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