Fulham back in Premier League with playoff win over Villa

Angelo Anderson
May 27, 2018

With 90 minutes separating their team from the final place in the following season's Premier League, nervous and expectant fans have headed to Wembley or the Millennium Stadium over the years hoping it might be their turn for glory.

Tom Cairney's 23rd-minute goal was the difference as Fulham capped a remarkable turnaround in the second half of their season to join Wolverhampton and Cardiff in the Premier League next season.

Jedinak's Aston Villa fell short in the Championship play off final.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic recognised that his team will have to invest in their side to ensure survival after winning promotion.

Cairney has been earning rave reviews in Slavisa Jokanovic's side, who lost in the semi-finals a year ago.

Fulham return to the top flight of English football after a four-year absence, but Villa will spend a third campaign at the second tier after failing to find an equaliser in the second half.

Aston Villa can bounce back under Steve Bruce (Nigel French/PA).

Redundancies for key staff and cost cutting are now likely to be on the agenda at Villa after their Wembley failure, while Fulham can fund the rebuilding of their Craven Cottage home with the cash that will roll in from their Premier League elevation.

A first-half strike from Tom Cairney put Fulham into the lead and although Denis Odoi was dismissed during the second half, the Cottagers held on to secure a deserved win.

Both sides can call on excellent African talent, although while it's the Cottagers' Ryan Sessegnon - and England youth worldwide with West African origin - who's stolen the headlines this term, Villa's Albert Adomah could well be the match-winner on the day. If Fulham can retain Sessegnon and Cairney, they will have two significant assets as they build for next season.

"After we missed out on promotion last season, a lot of people wrote us off". But football won today. "I've been playing all season not fully fit". I just need the summer to rest get fully fit then take on the Premier League.

So, about the Championship Play-Off final half-time "entertainment".

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