Fulham back in Premier League after win over Aston Villa

Fulham back in Premier League after win over Aston Villa

Aston Villa threw everything at Slavisa Jokanovic's side to try and get back into the game. "Like in tennis, we lost one match point", he said.

There was reported interest in Clare from Premier League sides, but it would appear much more likely he would go to a Championship side.

After the game, Cairney told Sky Sports: "We knew we wouldn't shrink in this environment".

"After we missed out on promotion last season, a lot of people wrote us off", he said. Khan, who is worth around £7bn, moved from Pakistan to the United States with $500 in his pocket and here Fulham exited with a jackpot that could be worth £280m if they stay up next season.

He may have only just turned 18 but Sessegnon is already Fulham's talisman, making a direct contribution to all three of their play-off goals (one goal, two assists).

Cairney harnessed his role not only as the team's protagonist but its artist too - probing, prowling, twirling away from challenges, stroking passes across the canvas and, ultimately, adding that all-important finishing touch.

Sessegnon headed over before the break as Villa's defence struggled, but Bruce's men started the second half on the front foot as Hourihane charge down a Fredericks clearance to get the claret and blue hordes on their feet. Ryan Fredericks certainly seemed to let the occasion better of him when he stamped on Jack Grealish on the half-hour mark. We all are. With a big game, it's tough to swallow.

Alongside Neil Warnock, Bruce holds the record for promotions to the top-tier of English football with four having done so with Birmingham and Hull City twice apiece. The Serb was duly allowed to sign Matt Targett and Aleksandar Mitrovic on loan during the January transfer window and it is doubtful, particularly given the latter's 12-goal return, whether he would be disposed to quite such sanguine thinking now if those deals had not been completed.

"We are very proud and proud of Fulham today".

The former Watford boss, though, has admitted that he can not completely guarantee that the 18-year-old winger will be at Craven Cottage next season. "But when it is as deliberate as that, he deserves a red card". "I believe what we're doing here is something special".

Information from Press Association was used in this report.

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