SAINTS skipper Dean Hammond insists that the club “thoroughly deserve” to be promoted into the Premier League.

The on-field captain started the 4-0 win over Coventry that sealed a place in the top flight, although he was forced off late in the first half through injury.

“It’s been a long, hard season, and it’s been a nervy week, I’ve got to be honest,” admitted Hammond.

“But we turned up and played some great stuff and we thoroughly deserve this.

“It’s just amazing. The fans are unbelievable, and what a group of lads.

“It would have been nice to do it last week, it would have felt a bit easier.

“But doing it here on our own ground is great.”