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Summary

  1. Coventry scored three second-half goals to clinch an immediate return to League One
  2. Jordan Willis scored from 20 yards and Jordan Shipley added deflected second for Coventry
  3. Full-back Jack Grimmer curled in a third from edge of box
  4. Kyle Edwards fired in superb late consolation for Exeter

Live Reporting

By Jay Freeman

All times stated are UK

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  1. Over and out

    FT: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Coventry trophy lift

    Four absolute pearlers of goals, a huge attendance for a fourth-tier play-off final and blistering heat. It's been quite an afternoon, and it ends with Coventry City are on their way back to League One.

    Commiserations for Exeter - who fought valiantly in the first half - but for the second year in a row they've come up just short at Wembley.

    For Coventry, however, it's party time and a much-needed boost for a club that's endured a tough few years or so.

    And so that ends the 2017-18 English Football League season. The World Cup starts in a few weeks, thank heavens for that. Don't think I can be away from football for too much longer.

    We'll be back with more live text coverage of the EFL in August. Thanks for joining us this season.

  2. Post update

    FT: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Dave Bennett

    Former FA Cup winner with Coventry City on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

    We knew if Marc McNulty got the ball down and ran at Coventry, he could cause problems for them - and he did. He's a worthy man of the match. He's been instrumental in the goals today.

    The city centre will be buzzing tonight and these players deserve it. They came out and took the game to Exeter, destroying them.

    You could sense in the atmosphere at half-time: if Coventry came out and scored early on, it would pull the seats forward. And that's what happened. It will be a party atmosphere for the next few weeks now.

  3. Post update

    FT: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Pat Baldwin

    Former Exeter City defender on BBC Devon

    1-0 down, on an occasion like this, is always going to be tough. 2-0 makes it even worse.

    Going into this game, I felt Exeter came in on better form than they did last year, after a semi-final that took less out of them. I'm slightly disappointed now at how some players have performed and how they've set up.

  4. Get Involved #bbcefl

    FT: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Jordan Shipley

    Philip: I am so pleased to see Coventry on the up after what they have been through over the years. Good luck to you and your great fans!

    Andy: If those goals had been scored by Ronaldo or Messi...

  5. A promotion to savour for Coventry

    FT: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Rob Gurney

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    Exeter were simply blown away by Coventry’s fast start to the second half.

    When your centre-half curls one in from 20 yards and your right-back scores with his left peg, you know it’s your day.

    The celebrations will go on long into the night.

    After all, a first promotion in 51 years is certainly one for Coventry fans to savour into the summer.

  6. 'I'll remember this forever'

    FT: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Coventry City defender Jack Grimmer told Sky Sports:

    "You can't ask the fans to come out in numbers more than that. To give us this experience and push us on, it's something I'll remember forever.

    "I went in and saw Sparky [Marc McNulty] laid it off to me and I thought if I take a touch and shape it towards the back stick.

    "Luckily I found the top corner!"

  7. 'It means everything'

    FT: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Coventry celebrate

    Coventry City defender Jordan Willis told Sky Sports:

    "It means everything, especially with the season we had last year. To come back first time, I'm buzzing.

    "I've not scored many and they all came last season but this one is definitely up there,.

    "We won the Checkatrade Trophy last year which was positive and now this is massive. Hopefully we can give the fans something to cheer for."

  8. 'This is for the supporters'

    FT: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Coventry City boss Mark Robins told Sky Sports:

    "This was really important for the club from where it's been.

    "We've played at a level no one expected us to and the pressure that comes with that is immense. The players have been magnificent.

    "You could see in the second half people's legs going [due to the heat] and we were lucky we didn't lose anyone to injury.

    "This is for the supporters, they've been magnificent for the club and it's for them."

  9. Post update

    FT: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Clive Eakin

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Mark Robins celebrates

    The Sky Blues players look exhausted but delighted as Mark Robins hugs his backroom staff.

    Tom Bayliss is clenching both fists and can barely believe it as he hugs Michael Doyle.

    The Exeter players look distraught - two successive play-off final defeats for them.

  10. Post update

    FT: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Pat Baldwin

    Former Exeter City defender on BBC Devon

    You cannot come to a game of this magnitude and not show up. I think even one individual being off-key can affect you in a game like this - and I think there were too many players not at their maximum today.

  11. BreakingCOVENTRY CITY WIN PROMOTION TO LEAGUE ONE

    FT: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Coventry celebrate

    It's all over at Wembley and Coventry are promoted to the third tier!

  12. Post update

    Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Jayden Stockley nods low towards goal but Coventry keeper Lee Burge dives in to scoop his effort.

    Moments later, Stockley tries again and chests down a long cross before firing inches wide of the post.

  13. Post update

    Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Clive Eakin

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Sky Blues fans are quiet for the first time in a while. They're not there yet...

  14. Post update

    Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Pat Baldwin

    Former Exeter City defender on BBC Devon

    There are some quality players on this pitch and that was the fourth of four amazing goals we've seen today.

    This has been a great advert for League Two football. It's too little, too late for Exeter, though.

  15. GOAL: Coventry 3-1 Exeter

    Kyle Edwards

    Cor blimey! This game's not had a bad goal scored.

    Kyle Edwards scores what is surely a consolation for Exeter City with a stunning curled effort that beats Coventry keeper Lee Burge.

    Just after the goal goes in, we're told there is to be five minutes of added time at Wembley. Could be a nervous ending if Exeter can find another goal.

  16. Post update

    Coventry 3-0 Exeter

    Jonson Clarke-Harris skips and mazes his way through the Exeter City half and decides to fire from long range but it sails well out of play.

    Why not eh? Might as well when your team's 3-0 up.

  17. Post update

    Coventry 3-0 Exeter

    James Law

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    Wondering why you might recognise the names Jordan Willis and Jack Grimmer?

    Well both defenders also scored in their shock FA Cup third round win over Premier League Stoke in January.

    The Sky Blues pair seem to love the big occasion.

  18. SUBSTITUTION

    Coventry 3-0 Exeter

    Matt Jay has almost bagged a consolation for Exeter - and in style! But Lee Burge dives to deny his long-range effort.

    Meanwhile, Marc McNulty comes off for Coventry and is replaced by Jordan Ponticelli.

    Just the 28 goals for the Sky Blues this season, but McNulty's not added to that tally today. Still, a fine performance from the Coventry striker this afternoon.

  19. Post update

    Coventry 3-0 Exeter

    Pat Baldwin

    Former Exeter City defender on BBC Devon

    Exeter City fans

    It's about pride now, for me - Exeter have to come out now and fight to make sure it's not four or five. They need to use all of their experience.

    At the moment, whatever Exeter have tried has not worked. 3-0 down means it's a roll of the dice to see what works.

    Kyle Edwards is a direct player and he might produce something.

  20. Post update

    Coventry 3-0 Exeter

    Cheers of OLE ring around Wembley from the Coventry fans every time they complete a pass.

    Tom Bayliss has had enough of this showboating, though. He wants a fourth Sky Blues goal and he almost gets himself on the scoresheet with a lovely solo effort in the box before curling towards the corner, forcing Christy Pym into a fine save.