Date: 25th April 2017 at 9:30am
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The 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship promotion race has been entertaining, with the usual suspects joined by some surprise packages in the hunt for the Premier League.

However, with two fixtures of the campaign remaining, early season favourites, Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United, have secured automatic promotion to the top-flight.

The latter confirmed their instant return to the Premier League last night, by recording a 4-1 victory over Preston North End at St James’ Park.

Many expected Newcastle to walk the Championship this year, particularly with Champions League winning manager, Rafa Benitez, in the dugout.

However, the Magpies have not found the second-tier as easy as they did seven years ago – when they last competed in the Championship.

The title looks to be heading to the Amex Stadium, with Brighton requiring just three-points from their remaining two fixtures of the season, and Benitez’s side struggling to get over the line in recent weeks.

Last night’s full-time whistle was met with reasonably low-key celebrations from the Newcastle staff, players and supporters, but the relief was there for all to see.

Here is how Newcastle’s players reacted to promotion on social-media…

Watching the game with the little one ❤ #wearegoingup #toonarmy

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