Fulham defeat Aston Villa in Championship play-off final to reach Premier League

Posted May 27, 2018

His players, showered in gold confetti, guzzled champagne as they bounced on a hastily erected stage still feeling the effects of the mass pile-on at full-time.

For both clubs, there is a significance about restoring their role as a PL club, with Fulham last competing in the top flight four seasons ago and Villa two seasons removed.

Having previously taken Birmingham City (2001/02 & 2006/07) and Hull City (2012/13 & 2015/16) into the Premier League from the Championship, he is a dab hand when it comes to these late season pushes.

Now it could be real delivery time for Aston Villa fans.

Fulham have no injury worries, but boss Slavisa Jokanovic must decide which of his six loanees to omit from the matchday squad.

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Villa are said to be readying a 12-month contract extension for Terry, but the 36-year-old is reportedly reluctant to turn out against his former club.

"Expectation is huge here but that's why I went for experience", Bruce told BBC WM.

Well, we'll not pick him against Chelsea if that's what he wants.

"I cant say who we are going to start with".

For now, as Jokanovic said when asked about the future of Ryan Sessegnon and retaining on-loan striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, it is all about enjoying what his attacking team have achieved.

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

It's little wonder Goal.com's Chris Burton has reported Premier League sides Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are showing interest in the precocious wide man.

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.

It was an unforgettable evening for Fulham, who were making their first appearance at Wembley since losing the 1975 FA Cup final against West Ham. We believe we can dominate the situation.

"We're probably the team with more energy". All of us can make mistakes and I expect some mistakes from his side. "I believe what we're doing here is something special".

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So you get 55% (of their 2015/16 PL/TV earnings) in the first year, 45% in year two and 20% in the final year.