Match-winner Connor Jennings was praised the collective team display as Tranmere Rovers earned promotion up to Sky Bet League One after beating 10-man Newport County 1-0 in extra-time at Wembley Stadium in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final.
Jennings’ winner came 119 minutes into a tight contest under the arch, with the Mancunian popping up to guide his close-range header from Jake Caprice’s right-sided cross beyond Exiles goalkeeper Joe Day.
Micky Mellon’s Wirral side had a numerical advantage after County captain Mark O’Brien was dismissed in the 89thminute for a foul on Rovers top-scorer James Norwood.
And with penalties looming, Jennings was there to nod into the net, right in front of the SWA as Tranmere secured a back-to-back promotion.
Micky Mellon’s men will play in the third-tier for the first time since 2014 when the new season commences in August.
And Jennings, 27, hailed the achievement of Rovers’ success and the performance of his team-mates as well as the SWA’s support.
He said: “It’s an amazing achievement for the Club and I couldn’t be happier.
“It was so great to score, I carried all my emotions into celebrating right in front of the fans, the lads have been top draw today.
“The fans have been amazing since I signed, the size of the Club deserves to be in a higher league and the fans deserve it as well.
“Credit to both sets of lads, both teams, it was a real battle, a tight game, it’s just great that we got over the line.
“The staff, players and the fans fully deserve it and to get the Club up to a level is an amazing feeling.
“There are boys here who have been at the Club when they went through a hell of a lot and we’ve turned it around.
“From the top down to the players and the fans, I’m just happy for everybody.”
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