Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Fulham promoted to Premier League with Championship playoff final win

Fulham promoted to Premier League with Championship playoff final win

The consistently entertaining football they have played since the Serbian's appointment in 2015 has attracted many admirers and was again on display at Wembley, particularly when Ryan Sessegnon created Tom Cairney's first-half goal.

Fulham suffered a nervy final period of the game after their defender Denis Odoi was sent off for receiving two yellow cards, but they held their nerve to return to the Premier League at the expense of Aston Villa.

"We went on a 23-game unbeaten run".

Gareth Southgate might rue the decision to not take him to Russian Federation given the ease with which he dealt with the occasion.

Villa failed to heed that warning and Fulham fulfilled their manager's prediction as they took the lead in the 23rd minute.

West Brom, Stoke and Swansea have all been alerted by Jack Grealish's future at Aston Villa, according to a report from The Guardian, as cited on the Stoke Sentinal.

Villa's only avenue of attack seemed to be through the slick-haired Grealish, who had spent much of the half on the floor as the Fulham players took turns hacking him down. Ryan Fredericks certainly seemed to let the occasion better of him when he stamped on Jack Grealish on the half-hour mark.

Stefan Johansen should have put Slaviša Jokanović's two goals up but put the ball over the bar from the edge of the area after more good work from Sessegnon and then Aboubakar Kamara claimed a penalty after going down in the area but there wasn't much in it.

Having seen his team take the lead just five minutes before it was a insane thing to do and serious questions have to be asked of the assistant referee for not deeming it a red card offence. We did in the second half. "What I prefer to say is I know he wants to stay with us".

Steve Bruce lost a Championship play-off final for the first time.

Having been appointed in October 2016, Bruce has succeeded in stopping the rot at Villa Park and led a strong promotion challenge this season.

The riches of the Premier League, which will be at least £160m, are theirs to savour, and their concerns over keeping this side together next season will have been washed away, at least temporarily, by the champagne that flowed last night.

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

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