5 things we learned from the Championship play-off final

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"We went into the second half and said it would be tough as Villa would throw the whole kitchen sink at us", said the 26-year-old.

And the Cottagers managed to hold on despite pressure from Villa and being reduced to 10 men after Denis Odoi was sent off for two yellow cards.

Slavisa Jokanovic opted for some sporting cross-pollination when asked whether, after two and a half years of battles won and lost, Fulham's promotion from the Championship felt especially sweet.

After masterminding Fulham's rise up the table and eventual promotion following his appointment in December 2015, Jokanovic will know Fulham will have to adapt back into life in the Premier League following a four-year absence from the England's top flight.

Unfortunately for the midfielder, and Villa, he was unable to do so having been so tightly, and sometimes illegally, marked throughout the game.

The Villains likely have enough quality at their disposal to compete strongly in the Championship again next season, if they don't win their play-off, Wilson could give them serious depth.

The decisive blow came midway through the first half as Fulham offered a glimpse of the football that has earned so many plaudits this term, with 18-year-old Ryan Sessegnon superbly threading through Cairney to fire home.

Steve Bruce's Villa, meanwhile, overcame Middlesbrough 1-0 across 180 minutes of action. He stamped on Jack Grealish, right in front of me.

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

"One important improvement is now finished, and now we must show ambition to be a Premier League team".

"He's shown many times that he is a great lad, great footballer and great worker". I believe what we are doing here is special and I've said for a while that we've been playing Premier League football in the Championship.

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.

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

Villa, meanwhile, were struggling to get going, particularly in the last third and looked prone to conceding another goal.



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