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Southampton promoted to Premier League

Southampton secured promotion to the Premier League with a 4-0 win against Coventry on Saturday.

The Saints, who under Nigel Adkins (pictured) have stayed in the top two in the Championship for the entire season, go up in the second automatic promotion place behind champions Reading after victory against already-relegated Coventry.

Billy Sharp gave the Saints the lead in the 16th minute when he deflected in Adam Lallana's shot, and Jose Fonte doubled Southampton's advantage three minutes later.

Jos Hooiveld added a third goal on 58 minutes and Lallana completed the scoring four minutes later.

Southampton's promotion to the Premier League was sealed in front of a 32,363 club record crowd at St Mary's Stadium. 

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