Aston Villa vs. Fulham - Football Match Report

Aston Villa vs. Fulham - Football Match Report

Ensuring Ryan Sessegnon stays is imperative, with the youngster involved in all three goals the West Londoners scored during the play-off games, including a delightful pass to set up Tom Cairney's victor against Aston Villa.

"The Premier League is the best and most competitive league, and we must be clever".

Slavisa Jokanovic started with the same XI that came away 2-0 winners over Derby County in the last-four, whilst plenty of match winners such as Floyd Ayite, Rui Fonte and Lucas Piazon started from the bench.

Fulham have won admirers for their style of play over the past two seasons, and 49-year-old Jokanovic has become the first manager from outside the British Isles to win two promotions to the Premier League, adding to his success with Watford in 2014-15.

The average age of Fulham's side was just over 25 while man-for-man, Villa were five years older than their counterparts. If Fulham can retain Sessegnon and Cairney, they will have two significant assets as they build for next season.

Tom Cairney was the scorer, calmly slotting past Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone after a superb through-ball from Ryan Sessegnon.

Employing similar adventurousness in the Premier League will require additional talent, but adopting the lesson of the clubs from 2017 and sticking with a nucleus of the promotion team could be the most sensible approach. We got a lot of stick.

"I've been playing the whole season not fully fit".

The Championship play-off final is always an entertaining match.

He was there at Wembley to try and cheer Aston Villa back to the Premier League.

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.

"For me, Ryan Fredericks should have been sent off".

Fulham has been in the Championship since 2014-15 after being relegated and almost secured an automatic promotion place, only to narrowly miss out to Cardiff City.

When it comes to taking teams from the Championship and into the Premier League, Steve Bruce is an absolute master.

Fulham's financial windfall from increased revenue could rise to £280 million if they go on to survive for one season among the elite.

"We believe we can play this way, but we must know what characters and what players we need".

It was that record that probably persuaded Dr Tony Xia, Villa's chairman, to appoint Bruce in the first place and while he has done a good job with Villa, a fifth promotion proved elusive.

"I came to a team who played the football that is really good for me and my ability", he said.