BORO BACK ON THE MAP.. AND IN THE MONEY; IN ASSOCIATION WITH.
Middlesbro 1 Brighton 1 THEY'RE back! After a sevenyear absence Middlesbrough have returned to the Premier League.
Aitor Karanka's (right) side edged out Brighton in a nervejangling PS200million showdown at the Riverside.
And they did it the hard way, claiming the necessary point after going ahead through Cristhian Stuani before they were pegged back by Dale Stephens' equaliser and forced to endure an agonising last half-hour and eight minutes' added time.
After Stephens was sent off for a nasty challenge on Gaston Ramirez, Chris Hughton's side were unable to conjure a winner which would have clinched the second promotion place. A pitch invasion and delirious, manic scenes greeted Mike Dean's final whistle, with Boro players carried shoulder-high by swarms of overjoyed fans.
Defender Ben Gibson, nephew of Boro chairman Steve Gibson, said: "It's a dream. It's been the longest week; it's been the longest seven years. It means so much to the town. We've put ourselves back on the map."
STU BETTER BELIEVE IT: Boro's Stuani enjoys his goal