West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo paid tribute to his players after they secured a rapid return to the Barclays Premier League with a 3-2 victory over Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The former MK Dons boss watched his side survive a late onslaught to win promotion back to the top flight after just one season in the Coca-Cola Championship. Goals from Graham Dorrans, Chris Brunt and Roman Bednar sealed the win to spark delirious scenes among the large travelling support.
"It's a credit to the players who have worked very hard. Their attitude and effort has been the key to this season and we have been promoted with three games left - it's an amazing achievement," said Di Matteo.
"It has been great to work with these players this year and I have enjoyed it very much and I also enjoyed working with the players I had last year (at MK Dons), they were very good to me. As a manager you need good players, players who are willing to put in the effort through the season.
"It's different to what I achieved when I was a player, but as a manager promotion is a good thing to have on your track record."
Italian Di Matteo claimed guiding his side to the Premier League was the highlight of his fledgling managerial career, and he paid tribute to his side's fighting qualities as they held on for victory.
"This is probably the highlight of my career, an achievement based on the last two years of hard work," he said.
"We conceded that second goal late on and we were hanging on the last few minutes but we showed tremendous resilience to win the game away from home, where we have had such a good record this season, and it was a good three points."
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