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Hull midfielder Mohamed Diame thrilled with Wembley heroics

By John Thompson

Hull midfielder Mohamed Diame admitted his Championship play-off final winner in Saturday's Wembley showpiece was the most important goal of his career so far.

The Senegal international settled a tense encounter against Sheffield Wednesday with a stunning 25-yard strike to fire City back to the Premier League.

"I don't know if it's the best goal I've ever scored, but it's definitely the most important," he said. "It's been a long, tough season but we've done it. Now we must celebrate. I am delighted."

For Hull manager Steve Bruce it was a fourth promotion to the top-flight and justified his decision to stay with the club following relegation a year ago.

The Tigers are now reaping the reward of an estimated £170million windfall.

"It's been a difficult season," said Bruce. "At the start, people were concerned that we were selling all of our players and some were even asking whether we could be relegated for a second year, but by the end of August I felt that we still had a nucleus of very good players.

Promotion proved a step too far for Wednesday, who were second best on the day but have exceeded expectations all season.

Portuguese boss Carlos Carvalhal said: "After what we achieved this season we all know that we can look forward to the future."

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