Watch: Fulham fans invade pitch as they secure promotion to Premier League

Fulham was promoted to the Premier League the first time it was requested.

The Cottages defeated Preston North End 3-0 with goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Fabio Carvalho. This guarantees their first and second place in the championship mathematically, and they have a 13-point advantage over Huddersfield Town, which has only 3 games left.

Perhaps it is fitting that Mitrovic has scored the vital goals, having broken the championship record this season and catapulted Fulham to the top of the standings – with the Serbian striker currently scoring 40 league goals this season.

And he will return to the first division, as well as coach Marco Silva. The Portuguese has been praised for creating an engaging and efficient team at Craven Cottage. Fulham will be his fourth Premier League job after managing Hull City, Watford and Everton. They are also likely to crown champions as well, with a nine-point lead between them and Bournemouth, although the Cherries have a game in hand.

As evidenced by the scenes at the end, this wasn’t a sleepy walk for promotion but rather an explosion of joy. The question would be whether they could stay awake, having failed to do so during the last two attempts.