Fulham back in Premier League with playoff win over Villa

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

Fulham booked their place in next season's Premier League after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley on Saturday.

Financial muscle is supposed to dictate the order of things these days, but Fulham now join Bournemouth and Huddersfield as gatecrashers in the promised land of the Premier League and only the most ardent of Villa fans could argue.

"I am getting more and more experiences the more I play". I signed a contract extension for a reason.

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

It is expected, however, that both will leave Wednesday when their deals run out.

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

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Indeed League One sides have been enquiring, however noises from Clare's camp suggest the feeling is he can play at a higher level than that where he featured on loan last season with Gillingham.

The average age of Fulham's side was just over 25 while man-for-man, Villa were five years older than their counterparts. We all are. With a big game, it's tough to swallow.

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. Jack Grealish, the best player on the pitch against Fulham despite seeing the artist-artisan balance tilted firmly against his side, asked Villa's press officer to shield him from the media as he walked through the mixed zone and it would be a leap of faith to predict him talking as their player again.

It defeated Derby County in the playoff semifinal on a 2-1 aggregate and features the likes of US defender Tim Ream and rising teenage English fullback Ryan Sessegnon. "We'll dust ourselves down next year and try and go one better". He stamped on Jack Grealish, right in front of me.

Villa also had a penalty appeal turned down but Grealish was lucky to escape a red card with a reckless tackle on Cairney.

"What I know about him is he's really happy where he is now", Jokanovic told The London Evening Standard about Sessegnon. "Unbelievable day", the 23-year-old Serbian said.