Fulham - Championship - 26 May 2018


Much of the talk in the buildup to this match had revolved around Villa's big-game experience yet Fulham showed they have anything but a soft underbelly.

The 33-year-old, who scored all three goals in the Socceroos' World Cup play-off win over Honduras in November, did not speak with media after the match and is now due to link up with Bert van Marwijk's national side in Turkey.

Jack Grealish was a constant thorn in the side and saw a mazy run ended by a fine stop, before being taken down by a clumsy Odoi challenge that led to a second yellow card and an anxious conclusion.

Fulham will earn £95 million next term, as part of the Premier League's huge broadcasting rights deal, and up to £75 million in parachute payments in 2019-20 and 2020-21 should they fail to stay up.

The United States worldwide helped Fulham keep a clean sheet despite his center-back partner Denis Odoi's sending off in the 70th minute.

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Tom Cairney's goal in the first-half was enough to secure a return to the top flight for the Craven Cottage side. A moment of quality ensured Villa will remain a Championship team for at least the coming 12 months, but in Steve Bruce they have a manager who has overseen numerous promotions, and the core of their starting XI will remain one of the strongest in the division. But football won today. "We've been the best team in the league and although we didn't get automatic promotion, we blew teams away". "I've been playing all season not fully fit".

As ever, the ramification from the Championship play-off final will rumble on for many years to come and for Fulham, the glory is all theirs. "A Premier League striker against two Premier League centre-backs".

Aston Villa will now have a summer of transition after missing on promotion to the Premier League.

Both Villa and Fulham have enjoyed the services of English youngsters of African origin on loan from Premier League clubs this term, with Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur) and Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) featuring for the Villains.