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Fulham promoted to Premier League with Championship playoff final win

5 Things we learned from Fulham’s win over Aston Villa English Championship Play-Off Report: Aston Villa v Fulham 26 May 2018
Sergio Cook | 28 May, 2018, 16:41

Slavisa Jokanovic's side snapped into challenges and cracked bone upon bone.

On Saturday the battle to reach the top flight was between Aston Villa and Fulham.

They ran, tackled, blocked and cleared.

Mitrovic fell out of favour there, but has rejuvenated himself at Fulham and certainly did not rule out a stay at Craven Cottage in the aftermath of Saturday's win. But it was, in the end, enough to carry them all the way back to the promised land.

That figure could rise to in excess of 280 million pounds ($370 million) if the club from southwest London survives its first season back in the Premier League. A moment of quality ensured Villa will remain a Championship team for at least the coming 12 months, but in Steve Bruce they have a manager who has overseen numerous promotions, and the core of their starting XI will remain one of the strongest in the division.

Captain Tom Cairney scored the game's only goal for the Cottagers, who played with a man short after Dennis Odoi was dismissed for a second yellow card on 70 minutes.

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

And so, when the final whistle blew, it was Jokanovic who celebrated, not Bruce.

"He stamped on Jack and right in front of me and they got away with that".

Fulham's players celebrate with the trophy on the pitch after the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium in London on May 26, 2018.

It defeated Derby County in the playoff semifinal on a 2-1 aggregate and features the likes of USA defender Tim Ream and rising teenage English fullback Ryan Sessegnon.

The 30-year-old is looking to leave the Hammers this summer, however, some fans do not want to see him at Villa Park on a permanent deal if his display was anything to go by.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish in action with Fulham's Stefan Johansen.

"I am 27 years old", he continued.

This dominance was no doubt expected by Jokanovic, but Bruce would surely have hoped for more intensity from his experienced side.

Grealish fluffed his lines again early in the second half, heading over from a good position.

Ryan Fredericks should have been sent off in the first half.

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