Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Aston Villa lose out on promotion to Premier League

Fulham vs Aston Villa GETTY Slavisa Jokanovic only thinking about Fulham's Championship play-off final with Aston Villa
Eugene Bates | 02 June, 2018, 03:45

It is a return to the Premier League for Fulham after they were relegated to the Championship in the 2013/2014 season.

Fulham prevailed, recording a 1-0 win that means they will be in the Premier League next season.

But the 57-year-old has helped to fix the bond with the fans since replacing Roberto Di Matteo in October 2016 and Villa stand on the brink of returning to the top flight ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Fulham.

The Premier League beckons once more for the Cottagers.

Ahmed Elmohamady thanked the fans for all their support throughout the season, and promised them Aston Villa will do everything they can to get back to the Premier League next season.

"I'd have preferred to do the job with automatic promotion but, to be promoted at this place in front of these fans, I have to be satisfied".

But they defended heroically to end the club's four-year exile from the Premier League. "We needed two and a half years", Jokanovic said.

He added: "After we missed out on promotion last season, a lot of people wrote us off. To show ambition, we're going to need to show the money too". "I'm happy with what my team offered today and how we played our football".

I'm not tempting fate or predicting anything because I don't want to jinx the game, so all I'll say is. if we play well then we will be fine.

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.

Tom Cairney was the scorer, calmly slotting past Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone after a superb through-ball from Ryan Sessegnon.

Cairney struck after 23 minutes, clinically slotting the ball home from an inch flawless pass by Ryan Sessegnon at the end of a rare flowing move in a cagey first half. And after seven season in the Championship, he said he was already looking forward to the next test.

The Villans came out with more ferocity after halftime, and Jack Grealish was at the center of Villa's attack.

Captaining his side yet again, the 27-year-old was a key component in the midfield battle up against tough opposition in Robert Snodgrass, Mile Jedinak and Conor Hourihane.

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