Fulham returning to English Premier League after four years away

Fulham returning to English Premier League after four years away

Tom Cairney's 23rd-minute goal was the difference as Fulham capped a remarkable turnaround in the second half of their season to join Wolverhampton and Cardiff in the Premier League next season.

And the Cottagers managed to hold on despite pressure from Villa and being reduced to 10 men after Denis Odoi was sent off for two yellow cards.

Ryan Sessegnon continued his excellent season with a sensational performance at Wembley.

Fulham, whose style of play under Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic earned plaudits this season, were the first to settle and scored from the game's first piece of quality football.

Welcome back to the Premier League Fulham.

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Ryan Sessegnon found himself in space just outside the box before threading a ideal ball through to Tom Cairney who made no mistake with the finish.

The Villans were a much better side in the early stages of the second stanza, showing a sense of urgency as they pushed for an equaliser.

Promotion surely makes the immediate future of the likes of Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon and Ryan Fredericks more secure, while putting the west Londoners in a stronger position to tie up on-loan stars.

If Aston Villa were to get anything from the game at Wembley, they were going to need Jack Grealish to be on top form to guide them through.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are looking to sign Moussa Marega after the Porto striker's asking price was dropped to £26 million.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic is sure Fulham will flourish in the Premier League next season - with or without him.

The 18-year-old, Fulham's top scorer, turned creator by skipping past one challenge and slipping a weighted pass through to the unchallenged Cairney, who rolled a calm finish into the far corner.

Saturday may be the day of the Champions League final but the financial implications of the second-tier showpiece - worth at least £160 million of additional revenue to the victor - dwarfs the Kiev showpiece. But the club may not be able to get the deal over the line if Newcastle have long-term plans for the 23-year-old.

"But I think this team being in the Premier League, based in London, I think it's an attractive club and I think it keeps the team together". "But let's not forget we are Aston Villa, a proud club, a big club. I believe what we're doing here is something special".

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