Fulham Get Promoted To The Premier League

Fulham Get Promoted To The Premier League

Fulham Get Promoted To The Premier League

There was a significant difference in experience between the two sides named by Slavisa Jokanovic and Steve Bruce.

There was reported interest in Clare from Premier League sides, but it would appear much more likely he would go to a Championship side.

Yet Fulham showed grit to match their skill to win and leave Villa, on the 36th anniversary of their European Cup triumph, facing another season in the Championship - and the financial ramifications that brings.

In the second-half, moments after nearly bringing Villa level with a moment of individual magic, it appeared as though he let his frustrations get the better of him.

Promotion surely makes the immediate future of the likes of Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon and Ryan Fredericks more secure, while putting the west Londoners in a stronger position to tie up on-loan stars.

Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon looks the part (Barrington Coombs/EMPICS).

However, if they beat Fulham in the play-off final, the claret and blues will be in a position to spend heavily over the summer.

If Aston Villa were to get anything from the game at Wembley, they were going to need Jack Grealish to be on top form to guide them through. If they prove capable of surviving one season, that could even increase to £280million.

Villa threw the kitchen sink at Fulham late on and amidst increasing pressure on all fronts, were unable to find the breakthrough, leaving the Cottagers to return to the Premier League for the first time since the 2013/14 season.

The 18-year-old, who has caught the eye of many Premier League clubs this season, played a superb, inch-perfect pass into Cairney's path and the midfielder tucked the ball away.

Teen sensation Sessegnon showed awareness and a maturity that belied his years to thread through Cairney, whose low first-time finish beat Sam Johnstone.

Grabban managed just one shot on goal at Wembley, with it being blocked nearly as soon as it left his foot.

"It is very disappointing", said Aston Villa full-back and former Hull City player Ahmed Elmohamady.

Terry, whose contract will officially expire at the start of next month, has been tipped to see out his career in the United States or take up a player-coach role elsewhere.

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