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Aston Villa 0-1 Fulham

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Fulham lift the Championship play-off final trophy after beating Aston Villa 1-0 at WembleyFulham have been promoted to the Premier League after beating Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.Captain Tom Cairney was their goalscorer, finishing neatly underneath Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone after latching onto Ryan Sessegnon's pass midway through the first half.A fractious game ended with Fulham down to 10 men after centre-back Denis Odoi was sent off for two bookable offences - both for fouls on Jack Grealish.
Villa were furious that Ryan Fredericks escaped a card during a first-half tangle with Grealish, the Fulham right-back landing studs first on Grealish's leg, while the Villa man was later booked for a lunging tackle on Cairney.Several Villa penalty appeals were also waved away by referee Anthony Taylor, including one in second-half stoppage time when Grealish fell under a challenge from Matt Targett.
Relive Fulham's play-off final win over Aston Villa.
The game opened up after the interval, with Villa much more incisive and Grealish looking most likely to find a reply.However, the midfielder headed over the bar under pressure from Marcus Bettinelli and then saw his mazy run thwarted by a combination of the Fulham goalkeeper and Kevin McDonald.Odoi's red card invited further pressure, but Fulham held firm during a late Villa onslaught to clinch a win that is worth an estimated £160m - a figure which financial experts Deloitte say could rise to as much as £280m if the Whites survive for more than one season in the top flight.
Captain Cairney secures promotion
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Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney celebrate after combining for Fulham's winning goalIt was perhaps fitting that Sessegnon and Cairney, the two shining lights in an impressive Fulham team this season, combined to score the goal that sent them back to the top flight after a four-year absence.The pair were two of the three nominees for the EFL's Championship Player of the Season award, which was won by teenager Sessegnon.The 18-year-old winger had been largely anonymous early on, but he found space in the centre of the Villa half and picked his pass perfectly to find the onrushing Cairney, who slotted coolly into the net.Sessegnon could have doubled Fulham's lead before half-time but his back-post header was directed straight at Johnstone, while he almost set up Stefan Johansen for a second goal midway through the second period.
Fulham back in the big time
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Tom Cairney wheels away in delight after putting Fulham ahead midway through the first halfFulham's transformation from mid-table underperformers to promotion winners has been one of the feature points of the Championship season.Defeat at struggling Sunderland on 16 December left them 12th in the table, 18 points behind the top two. Twenty-three unbeaten matches later, they were on the brink of automatic promotion and, had they won their final game at Birmingham, they would have finished second behind champions Wolves.There was to be no repeat of last season's play-off disappointment, though. The Whites saw off Derby over two legs in their semi-final before beating Villa at Wembley.While many have played their part, two January loan additions have been critical to their success. Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has netted 12 goals in 20 appearances and given the team a physical presence up front, while the arrival of Southampton left-back Targett has allowed Sessegnon to push further forward and excel in a more advanced position.Fulham spent 13 successive seasons in the top flight before their relegation in 2014 and the hope is that the nucleus of this team, helped by the financial backing of owner Shahid Khan, can see them become an established Premier League club again.Their possession-based style has been as eye-catching as anything on show in the second tier and that brand of football should transfer well to the higher level, although there is very little top-flight experience in Fulham's ranks and that is likely to be an area that Slavisa Jokanovic will look to address in the next couple of months.
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John Terry consoles Aston Villa team-mate Jack Grealish after the final whistleMany Villa fans will look back at this season and wonder what might have been.What if talismanic midfielder Grealish had not sustained a freakish kidney injury that caused him to miss the first three months of the campaign[/img]

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Line-ups
Aston Villa
1Johnstone
27El MohamadySubstituted forKodjiaat 77'minutes
5ChesterBooked at 8mins[/i]
26Terry
21HuttonBooked at 86mins[/i]
15JedinakBooked at 76mins[/i]Substituted forOnomahat 77'minutes
7Snodgrass
14HourihaneSubstituted forHoganat 82'minutes
10GrealishBooked at 63mins[/i]
37Adomah
45Grabban
Substitutes
6Whelan
9Hogan
16Bree
18Onomah
20Bjarnason
22Kodjia
31Bunn
Fulham
1Bettinelli
2FredericksSubstituted forChristieat 83'minutes
4OdoiBooked at 70mins[/i]
13Ream
21Targett
10Cairney
6McDonald
8JohansenSubstituted forNorwoodat 72'minutes
47KamaraBooked at 77mins[/i]Substituted forKalasat 77'minutes
32Mitrovic
3R Sessegnon
Substitutes
9Fonte
11Ayite
16Norwood
20Piazon
22Christie
26Kalas
27Button
Referee:Anthony TaylorAttendance:85,243
Match Stats
Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamFulhamPossessionHome49%Away51%ShotsHome12Away15Shots on TargetHome2Away3CornersHome0Away3FoulsHome14Away15
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Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Fulham 1.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+6' Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Fulham 1.Posted at 90'+5' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).Posted at 90'+5' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90'+4' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90'+4' Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa).Posted at 90'+1' Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.Posted at 90' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90' Foul by Josh Onomah (Aston Villa).Posted at 89' Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.Posted at 88' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).Posted at 88' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Booking
Posted at 86' Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 86' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 86' Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).Posted at 85' Offside, Aston Villa. Robert Snodgrass tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.Posted at 84' Attempt blocked. Josh Onomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish.
Substitution
Posted at 83' Substitution, Fulham. Cyrus Christie replaces Ryan Fredericks.Posted at 82' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).Posted at 82' Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 82' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution
Posted at 82' Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Hogan replaces Conor Hourihane because of an injury.Posted at 80' Delay in match Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) because of an injury.Posted at 78' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).Posted at 78' John Terry (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution
Posted at 77' Substitution, Aston Villa. Josh Onomah replaces Mile Jedinak.
Substitution
Posted at 77' Substitution, Aston Villa. Jonathan Kodjia replaces Ahmed El Mohamady.
Substitution
Posted at 77' Substitution, Fulham. Tomas Kalas replaces Aboubakar Kamara.
Booking
Posted at 77' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
Booking
Posted at 76' Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 76' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 76' Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).Posted at 74' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by James Chester.Posted at 74' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.Posted at 72' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution
Posted at 72' Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Stefan Johansen because of an injury.Posted at 71' Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Fulham) because of an injury.
Dismissal
Posted at 70' Second yellow card to Denis Odoi (Fulham) for a bad foul.Posted at 70' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).Posted at 70' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
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