Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Cash-Strapped Aston Villa Can't Afford To Lose 'Life-Changing' Play-Off Final

Cash-Strapped Aston Villa Can't Afford To Lose 'Life-Changing' Play-Off Final

Employing similar adventurousness in the Premier League will require additional talent, but adopting the lesson of the clubs from 2017 and sticking with a nucleus of the promotion team could be the most sensible approach.

Fulham booked their place in next season's Premier League after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley on Saturday.

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

The win secures Fulham a windfall of at least 160 million pounds ($212.91 million).

And now, Sessegnon will be playing Premier League football come August, with Fulham fans undoubtedly hoping it will be with them.

"Yeah, I can understand what he's saying", Davies said. "We know what is ahead of us". First half we were so disappointing, too deep, too respectful and we didn't do enough with or without the ball, especially with the ball.

"In my eyes, over the past two seasons, we've been the best team in this league". "Now it's all about trying to reach that next level and, as players, we want to do the same. But now, I do believe they have enjoyed seeing what we have got at the moment". And after seven season in the Championship, he said he was already looking forward to the next test.

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Cairney told the Mirror: "Honestly, we had to get promoted this time - we had to - we needed to do it and you could see the relief in our celebrations".

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.

The Fulham manager fielded an energetic front three of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara, none of whom are older than 23, in their 2-0 semi-final victory over Derby County last week.

The 25-year-old's final game of an impressive campaign will be for Wales against Mexico at Pasadena's Rose Bowl in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Robert Snodgrass, Sam Johnstone and Lewis Grabban are among the loan players amounting to a massive wage bill, while the futures of Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia would also be plunged into huge doubt.

Ryan Sessegnon found himself in space just outside the box before threading a flawless ball through to Tom Cairney who made no mistake with the finish.

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