Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Fulham facing decisions over crucial loanees ahead of Premier League return

Fulham facing decisions over crucial loanees ahead of Premier League return

Fulham, whose style of play under Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic earned plaudits this season, were the first to settle and scored from the game's first piece of quality football.

Reduced to 10 men for much of the second half, after Denis Oboi was sent off, they abandoned everything that had taken them this far, everything that had carried them to a 23-game unbeaten run this year, and simply ground it out.

Financial muscle is supposed to dictate the order of things these days, but Fulham now join Bournemouth and Huddersfield as gatecrashers in the promised land of the Premier League and only the most ardent of Villa fans could argue.

His latest success will only make him even more sought after, so if the 49-year-old is to stay, he will want enough funds to be able to compete with the English elite.

"I think that's why I said we needed to win today".

"After we missed out on promotion, a lot of people wrote us off", Cairney said.

"I don't know that you can describe what the feeling is right now and the emotions, and the release of everything that's gone on this season, in the second half of the season", Ream told Sky Sports.

A couple of months ago, Jokanovic had insisted that dreams were to be had in the bedroom but he woke with his team triumphant and many topless at the end of Fulham's first game at the national stadium since 1975. Villa pressured constantly with the man advantage, but couldn't get a clear shot at Marcus Bettinelli's goal. Ryan Fredericks certainly seemed to let the occasion better of him when he stamped on Jack Grealish on the half-hour mark.

West Brom, Stoke and Swansea have all been alerted by Jack Grealish's future at Aston Villa, according to a report from The Guardian, as cited on the Stoke Sentinal.

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

Teen sensation Sessegnon showed awareness and a maturity that belied his years to thread through Cairney, whose low first-time finish beat Sam Johnstone.

"But I think this team being in the Premier League, based in London, I think it's an attractive club and I think it keeps the team together. But when it is as deliberate as that, he deserves a red card".

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