Former Huddersfield Town striker Iwan Roberts says Middlesbrough paid a heavy price for turning up late to the Championship Play-off final.
The Boro team bus got to Wembley just an hour before kick-off against his old club Norwich City and they were two goals down in the match after just 15 minutes.
Roberts, who played for Town from 1990-93, won promotion with the Carrow Road outfit at the end of his seven-year spell in 2004, for the club's second stint in the Premier League.
He was pleased to see they were successful again and believes the late arrival of the Boro team coach to Wembley handed the winners a “big advantage”.
He told BBC Radio 5 live: “Their (Norwich’s) tactics were spot on. They flew out, got the two early goals and the result was never in doubt because Boro never ever looked like scoring.
“I’m delighted for (major shareholders) Michael (Wynn-Jones) and Delia (Smith). They put their heart and soul into Norwich City.”
On Middlesbrough’s late arrival the 46-year-old Welshman added: “I think they’ve got to have a long hard look at themselves because their coach got there an hour before kick-off.
“For a big game like that as a player that would absolutely drive you mad.
“You want to be there at least an hour and a half (early). You don’t get time to prepare, you don’t get time go out and have a look at the surroundings.
“It must have been a mad rush for them. To get out, get warmed up, get back in and get themselves ready for the game, and I think it gave Norwich a big advantage.”