West Bromwich Albion secured their promotion back to the Premier League with a 3-2 win over Barnsley on Saturday and midfielder Chris Brunt, who was on target, says a lot of the credit has to go to Manager Roberto Di Matteo.
The Italian replaced Tony Mowbray in the summer, when he left to join Celtic, but he certainly hit the ground running and impressed everyone at the Hawthorns, guiding the Baggies back up at the first attempt.
"All credit to the gaffer because it's a difficult job - he came in with not a lot of time to bed in or put his stamp on the squad," Brunt told www.wba.co.uk
"He was left with a good squad by Tony Mowbray but he stamped his authority on the team by saying bits and pieces through the season.
"It's an absolutely brilliant feeling - I'm delighted to be back up there.
"Everybody dug in well and we've got what we deserved over the season.
"With going down last year, we were one of the favourites to go straight back up, which is always a pressure tag.
"But we've coped with it well all season."
Despite getting the plaudits from his players Di Matteo was quick to hail his players who achieved the ultimate goal in style, scoring 85 goals along the way:
"It's credit to the players.
"They have worked extremely hard to win promotion with three games to go.
"That's an amazing achievement.
"The players' attitude and effort has been key to the success.
"I know we were expected to go straight back up but we've actually achieved it, so we're all very pleased about that."
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