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Fulham returned to the Premier League after a four-year absence as Tom Cairney scored the victor in a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Saturday, the richest game in world football.

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

Tempers frayed as Grealish ploughed into Cairney with a feisty challenge that could have resulted in a red card for the young playmaker, yet it was Fulham who went down to ten men when Odoi was shown a second yellow card for a wild challenge on Grealish.

Tom Cairney opened the scoring for Fulham after 23 minutes as Ryan Sessegnon's pass found a hole in Villa's usually tight defence.

In subsequent dialogue with the Premier League, Aston Villa insisted that Bruce's comment was made in jest and denied any suggestion that a clause exempting Terry from facing Chelsea would be put into any extension that he might sign. He stamped on Jack Grealish, right in front of me.

Teenager Ryan Sessegnon received the ball midway inside Villa's half, evaded a tackle, and turned to play a through ball that Cairney calmly slotted past keeper Sam Johnstone.

We saw in this past Premier League season that keeping a Championship core can bring you a successful season.

As Fulham went into the break one-up, both sets of supporters were "treated" to a game of Federation Internationale de Football Association on the big screens.

"For us, playing like Villa can be a huge risk and we might not win like this". "The player wants to stay and we will see what happens". Terry would have thought it was nailed on he took Villa up and he could probably have another season in the Premier League but it didn't work out and Villa will be seriously pushing their luck paying his wages for another season.

"It wasn't much about football, it was about the team spirit and the way we handled it towards the end was superb", said the Czech defender.

"I was totally disappointed with the first half". We need to be fearless, we need to make investment, we need to spend money to survive or to make a more important step.

Mile Jedinak has called the Championship play-off final a "sliding doors" moment for Aston Villa.


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