Fulham defeat Aston Villa in Championship play-off final to reach Premier League

28 May, 2018, 16:46 | Author: Judy Cobb
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Scott Hogan also glanced a header wide of the far post and it proved to be Villa's last effort as Fulham secured a deserved return to the top flight after relegation to the Championship in 2014.

Fulham, the English soccer club owned by Khan, earned promotion to England's Premier League Saturday by defeating Aston Villa 1-0 in the League Championship final in London.

Villa, owned by Chinese businessman Tony Xia, paid the price for a limp first half and are faced with a third successive season outside the Premier League, a stark reality given a reduction in the parachute payments could lead to the sale of their stars.

While Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United did so by strengthening their squads in the transfer market, they still preserved a core group of players who had served them so well the previous season.

Steve Bruce, ashen-faced afterwards and clearly ready for a break after a traumatic six months, will nearly certainly have to rebuild in their third and final year of parachute payments.

"I think people were coming to the end of their contracts and stuff".

It sparked a melee between players on both sides and like Fredericks, Grealish was lucky to stay on the pitch.

He is a likely departee, while Villa's star attraction, 22-year-old midfielder Jack Grealish, is likely to be a target for Premier League clubs in the summer. We just needed a break for the goal but we didn't get it.

Expect some great things from this 18-year old.

The Left-Back - on loan at Craven Cottage from Southampton since January - played his part in the game over the 90 minutes and the Cottagers would run out deserving winners overall.

It defeated Derby County in the playoff semifinal on a 2-1 aggregate and features the likes of US defender Tim Ream and rising teenage English fullback Ryan Sessegnon.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are looking to sign Moussa Marega after the Porto striker's asking price was dropped to £26 million. "I'm happy with what my team offered today and how we played our football". "For me, Fredericks should have had a red card", he said. "We'll dust ourselves down next year and try and go one better".

Aston Villa created most of the chances in the second half after Fulham's Denis Odoi was sent off in the 70th minute.

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