Aston Villa 0 - Fulham 1: Tom Cairney fires Cottagers into Premier League

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Fulham defender Tim Ream says he and his teammates are ready to "prove ourselves" in the Premier League after beating Aston Villa 1-0 in the promotion playoff final at Wembley on Saturday. Whilst the likes of John Terry and Jack Grealish would nearly certainly exit as well.

But Fulham managed to contain Villa and burst into life two minutes after Aboubakar Kamara's deft touch and looped effort went over the bar.

Tom Cairney netted probably the most lucrative goal he'll ever score by calmly sidefooting home a finish in the 23rd minute at Wembley Stadium, ensuring Fulham joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff in getting promoted from the League Championship.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship Play-off final between Aston Villa and Fulham.

Jokanovic, who took charge at Craven Cottage in December 2015, is not anxious about his team's relative inexperience as the west London club prepare for their first trip to Wembley since 1975, when they lost the FA Cup final 2-0 to West Ham.

Villa worked hard during the opening stages as Robert Snodgrass found Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane saw a half-hearted penalty appeal ignored. Bruce's side will be itching to return to the Premier League after a two-year absence but Fulham will be desperate to go up themselves, having come agonisingly close to achieving automatic promotion.

Villa were finally clicking into gear and Grealish embarked on a dazzling run through the Cottagers defence, but Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli was equal to his shot.

On the half-hour mark, Fredericks contested with Grealish for the ball, losing out to the midfielder who was fouled.

"He has sort of brought that Premier League class into Fulham and they have not looked back since they signed him".

"After we missed out on promotion last season, a lot of people wrote us off. But football won today", declared match victor Cairney.

Fulham's passing game and style of play has won plaudits, with teenager Ryan Sessegnon picking up several awards after scoring 16 goals this season from the left wing.

He added: "I just knew what he would give".

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