Fulham back in Premier League with playoff win over Aston Villa

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Fulham are back in the Premier League after defeating Aston Villa in today's Championship play-off final at Wembley.

In what was Fulham's first Wembley appearance in 43 years, supporters of the London club duly toasted the goal as if it was a game clincher, yet Villa have warning that they would not surrender without a fight as they battled back in the final 10 minutes of the first half.

In the second-half, moments after nearly bringing Villa level with a moment of individual magic, it appeared as though he let his frustrations get the better of him.

"The big moments of the game, the defining moments in a football match".

Villa threw the kitchen sink at Fulham late on and amidst increasing pressure on all fronts, were unable to find the breakthrough, leaving the Cottagers to return to the Premier League for the first time since the 2013/14 season.

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The average age of Fulham's side was just over 25 while man-for-man, Villa were five years older than their counterparts.

Their frontline of Ryan Sessegnon, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Aboubakar Kamara have more than enough talent for a Premier League season.

Ryan Sessegnon found himself in space just outside the box before threading a flawless ball through to Tom Cairney who made no mistake with the finish. With the previous promoted clubs all staying up, there is more room for those EPL upsets that make it the best league in the world. We need to be courageous, we need to make investment, we need to spend money to survive or to make a more important step.

Yet even their American billionaire owner Shadid Khan knows it is the prestige of playing Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool next season that matters far more than the extra cash in his bulging bank account.

The Championship play-off final is always an entertaining match.

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"I prefer not so much to think about bad things, about problems", Jokanovic, palpably in celebration mode as a beery, bubbly, bouncing Fulham dressing room cavorted a few metres away, said after it was suggested that victory at Wembley against Aston Villa may have brought a sense of vindication.

"I believed in the way we play, and the manager has put a lot of faith in me".

Ryan Fredericks should have been sent off in the first half. We must show ambition to be a Premier League team, show ambition with [transfer] money too.

"We had another mountain to climb when Denis got sent off but we have had loads of those this season".

"I came to a team who played the football that is really good for me and my ability", he said.

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