Paul Lambert led Norwich back to the Barclays Premier League and then branded the achievement a "miracle".

Simeon Jackson was the City hero as he scored a second-half header to sink Portsmouth 1-0 and secure second place in the npower Championship. And their jubilant fans spilled onto the pitch at the final whistle to celebrate with the players and club shareholder, and chief cheerleader, Delia Smith on a memorable night for the Norfolk club.

Lambert, a European Cup winner as a player, said: "It's incredible what the lads have done. They are the ones who do it week in week out. In the two years we have been here it's a miracle what has happened. And it's how we've done it, from League One and then the Championship. It's up there with anything I've done."

City dropped out of the Premier League six years ago and hit rock-bottom when they were at the foot of League One on the opening day of last season following a 7-1 defeat by Colchester.

Their reaction to that hammering was to promptly hire the opposition manager, and just 20 months later Lambert's Norwich are the first team to achieve successive promotions to reach the top flight since Manchester City in 2000.

Skipper Grant Holt, who has spearheaded the promotion push with 22 goals, was full of praise for the Scottish boss.

"The manager has been fantastic. He's a motivator and has been great for us," he told Sky Sports News. "We've got a fantastic bunch of lads here. We've worked hard and I think when we're on it there's no-one better.

"We've a great team spirit and a great desire. It's a joy being with each other every day."

Jackson struck in the 50th minute when he buried David Fox's superb cross.

It was a ninth goal in seven matches for the striker, formerly of Rushden and Gillingham, who will now be lining up against Manchester United and Chelsea next season.

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