20 May 2012

West Ham back in Premiership

12:43 pm on 20 May 2012

West Ham have clinched promotion to the English Premier League with a late winner giving them a 2-1 victory over Blackpool in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Sam Allardyce's side survived a nervous start to take the lead through Carlton Cole's first half strike, but Tom Ince equalised soon after the break and Blackpool had several good chances to go ahead.

Portuguese forward Ricardo Vaz Te struck from close-range in the 87th minute to ensure the Hammers returned to the top-flight just 12 months after relegation.

Vaz Te's winner was crucial for a club who had invested heavily in winning promotion and the east London outfit's place in the Premier League will rake in between 90 million and 190 million dollars in increased revenue according to varying reports.