West Ham are 90 minutes away from a return to the Barclays Premier League after sweeping aside Cardiff with a 3-0 win in the second leg of their play-off semi-final.

The Hammers quickly shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion as goals from Kevin Nolan, Ricardo Vaz Te and Nicky Maynard booked them a trip to Wembley for the first time in 31 years.

One year on from relegation, they will now face either Blackpool or Birmingham on May 19 for a shot at returning to the top flight and the estimated £90million reward promotion brings. As for Cardiff, they began the season with victory at Upton Park but ended it suffering play-off heartache for the third successive year.

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