Tom Cairney goal takes Fulham back to the Premier League

5 Things we learned from Fulham’s win over Aston Villa

English Championship Play-Off Report: Aston Villa v Fulham 26 May 2018

The Fulham skipper believes promotion to the top flight, via a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the play-off final, strengthens the Whites' position in the transfer market and hopes of retaining some loan players, too.

Tom Cairney's first-half goal in the 23' was a deciding one for Fulham. We all are. With a big game, it's tough to swallow.

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

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.

Sessegnon wasted a chance to double Fulham's lead when he headed straight at Johnstone, while Grealish squandered Villa's only decent first-half opportunity with a wild shot high over the bar. "The player wants to stay and we will see what happens".

Kamara and Sessegnon had attempts either side of a break in play after Ryan Fredericks trod on Grealish, whose quick feet lead to a booking for Odoi as half-time approached.

Jack Grealish suddenly got involved in the game and he forced a save from goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli after a superb slaloming dribble through the Fulham defence.

"He's shown many times that he is a great lad, great footballer and great worker". I believe what we are doing here is special and I've said for a while that we've been playing Premier League football in the Championship. "Discussions have got to be had above me to decide what we've got and what we haven't got".

It came pretty much against the run of play, with Villa now needing to pick up the pieces and stage a comeback.

Odoi's challenge on him in the second half resulted in a second yellow. "We've been the best team in the league and although we didn't get automatic promotion, we blew teams away".

However, if they beat Fulham in the play-off final, the claret and blues will be in a position to spend heavily over the summer.

Cairney struck with a cool finish in the first half at Wembley to earn Fulham a top-flight place worth an estimated £160 million ($213 million) windfall.

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.

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