Saturday 26 May 2018, 5:00pm at Wembley, London
Aston Villa
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Cairney 23'

8' Yellow Card

James Chester Card was given for a foul

63' Yellow Card

Jack Grealish Card was given for a foul

76' Yellow Card

Mile Jedinak Card was given for a foul

86' Yellow Card

Alan Hutton Card was given for a foul

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonathan Kodjia
Off:Ahmed El Mohamady

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Onomah
Off:Mile Jedinak

82' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Scott Hogan
Off:Conor Hourihane

23' Goal

Tom Cairney
Assist by Ryan Sessegnon

38' Yellow Card

Denis Odoi Card was given for a foul

70' 2nd Yellow Card

Denis Odoi Card was given for a foul

77' Yellow Card

Aboubakar Kamara Card shown to player for time wasting

72' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Oliver Norwood
Off:Stefan Johansen

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomas Kalas
Off:Aboubakar Kamara

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cyrus Christie
Off:Ryan Fredericks

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Fulham returned to the Premier League after a four year absence by beating Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final.

Fulham returned to the Premier League after a four year absence by beating Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final.

One goal was enough to settle the tie in the Whites’ favour, with Tom Cairney coolly slotting home after being picked out by Ryan Sessegnon in the first half.

A bad tempered second 45 saw Jack Grealish escape a red card for a nasty lunge on Cairney, something that left a particularly bad taste as Denis Odoi was then dismissed after picking up a second yellow for fouling the Villa man.

But the Whites held on to secure a deserved return to the top flight, much to the delight of the 38,000 supporters who got behind the team in full voice from start to finish.

As is often the case, Fulham – who were unchanged from the side that defeated Derby County in the Semi-Final at the Cottage – had more of the ball in the opening stages, but the most meaningful action of note in the first 10 minutes was a retrospective yellow card for James Chester following a foul on Aleksandar Mitrović.

The first shot of the game didn’t arrive until 17 minutes in but it wasn’t exactly worth the wait, with Robert Snodgrass dragging tamely wide from outside the box.

The Whites’ first effort arrived soon after through Aboubakar Kamara who demonstrated good initiative to flick the ball up on the edge of the area before swivelling and dinking in an effort that marginally cleared the crossbar.

The opener arrived midway through the first half, with our Captain well and truly stepping up to the plate. Brilliant forward play from Sessegnon saw him retain possession before threading the ball inside the full-back to Cairney who opened his body up and coolly finished under Sam Johnstone.

Fulham had been the better of the sides and the confidence was evident when Kamara then tried his luck from 25 yards, but his powerful shot flew over.

Sessegnon was next to have a go when John Terry inadvertently flicked Kamara’s cross his way, but his header went straight at Johnstone.

Villa were trying to go through Grealish every time they ventured forward and in the 38th minute Odoi went into the book for nicking the midfielder. The subsequent free-kick was clipped in to the man who won it, but he rifled over on the angle.

An eye of the needle ball from Cairney then sent Ryan Fredericks scampering into the area, but he was crowded out as he tried to work a sight of goal.

Fulham were keen to double the lead before half-time and had another half chance when Fredericks crossed to his namesake Sessegnon, whose looped header wasn’t a million miles away from landing inside the far top corner.

The lads started the second half as they finished the first, with only a crucial Chester clearance preventing Sessegnon from turning home Mitrović’s centre, before Johnstone got down low to keep out Stefan Johansen’s fizzer.

The Villans responded with an optimistic Snodgrass header that was never troubling Marcus Bettinelli.

They went a hell of a lot closer on 51 minutes, though, when Grealish beat Bettinelli to Albert Adomah’s whipped cross, but thankfully he couldn’t control his header which ended up in row Z.

A cross-shot from Conor Hourihane followed which looked threatening, but in the end went out for a throw-in.

It was a good spell of pressure for the team in claret and blue, but Fulham almost punished them on the counter when Sessegnon tried to send Kamara in on goal, but the 18-year-old overcooked his pass.

Matt Targett then curled in a cross on his right foot that picked out Mitrović, who beat Terry in the air but sent his header wide of the far post.

Grealish thought he’d found the equaliser on the hour mark when a dazzling run saw him get into the area, but Bettinelli made himself big to deny him.

Villa’s number 10 then should have been sent off, no two ways about it. With Cairney getting away from him, Grealish flew in with a high challenge and wiped him out by hitting his ankle, but somehow escaped with only a yellow card.

Kevin McDonald got on the end of a Targett corner on 66 minutes despite being hauled down by Alan Hutton, but could only glance wide.

Johansen then squandered a glorious opportunity to put some daylight between the sides when Sessegnon slipped him in, but under pressure from two covering defenders he blazed over.

It had become a heated encounter and the referee continued to frustrate the Whites fans when he decided two take-downs of Kamara in the box were not fouls.

That theme continued on 70 minutes when Odoi was shown a second yellow for mistiming his challenge on Grealish – a man who himself should no longer have been on the pitch.

Slaviša Jokanović reacted by sacrificing Johansen – who did appear to be nursing a knock - for Oliver Norwood, with McDonald dropping back into defence.

Fulham responded well to the setback, with Mitrović controlling a Fredericks cross before lashing one goalwards that Chester deflected behind.

Mile Jedinak then went into the book for wrestling Mitrović to the ground as the striker looked to break.

With quarter of an hour to play, Kamara departed to a standing ovation – although he was booked for taking his time leaving the field. Tomas Kalas replaced him.

Villa also switched things up, replacing the just booked Jedinak and Ahmed Elmohamady with Josh Onomah and Jonathan Kodjia.

Things were getting tense inside Wembley and the ball almost presented itself for Hourihane in the box, but Norwood made a fantastic block to deny him.

Both sides then made their final substitution, as Scott Hogan made it three Villa strikers on the pitch when he replaced Hourihane, before Cyrus Christie came on for Fredericks.

Villa were having all the ball now but Fulham were holding firm, eating up some time in the 86th minute when Hutton fouled Mitrović, earning a yellow for his troubles.

Hearts were in mouths moments later when Grealish won a contentious free-kick in a good position, but Snodgrass arced his effort wide.

Five minutes were added on and in the first of those Hogan rose highest to Adomah’s inswinging cross, but couldn’t get enough purchase on his header.

And with that, Villa’s final chance to force extra-time was gone, and Fulham were promoted to the Premier League!

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final

Date: Saturday 26 May 2018
Kick-off: 5:00pm

Venue: Wembley, London
Attendance: 85,243

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Aston Villa

Line-up: Johnstone; Ahmed El Mohamady (Kodjia 77'), Chester, Terry, Hutton; Jedinak (Onomah 77'); Snodgrass, Hourihane (Hogan 82'), Grealish, Adomah; Grabban

Unused substitutes: Bunn, Bree, Whelan, Birkir Bjarnason

Manager: Steve Bruce

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks (Christie 83'), Odoi, Ream, Targett; Cairney, McDonald, Johansen (Norwood 72'); Kamara (Kalas 77'), Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Button, Lucas Piazon, Rui Fonte, Ayité

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Goals
0
1
Total Shots
12
15
Shots On Target
2
3
Passing Accuracy
79%
82%
Fouls
14
15
Corners
0
3
Offsides
3
1
Bookings
4
1
Sending Offs
0
1
Aston Villa (4-1-4-1)
  • 1Sam Johnstone
  • 27Ahmed El Mohamady
  • 5James Chester
  • 26John Terry
  • 21Alan Hutton
  • 15Mile Jedinak
  • 7Robert Snodgrass
  • 14Conor Hourihane
  • 10Jack Grealish
  • 37Albert Adomah
  • 45Lewis Grabban
Substitutes
  • 31Mark Bunn
  • 16James Bree
  • 6Glenn Whelan
  • 18Josh Onomah
  • 20Birkir Bjarnason
  • 9Scott Hogan
  • 22Jonathan Kodjia
Manager
  • Steve Bruce
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 21Matt Targett
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
  • 32Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 90'+5' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+4' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa).
  • 90'+1' Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.
  • 90' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90' Foul by Josh Onomah (Aston Villa).
  • 89' Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 88' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 88' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 86' Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 86' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 86' Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).
  • 85' Offside, Aston Villa. Robert Snodgrass tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.
  • 84' Attempt blocked. Josh Onomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish.
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Cyrus Christie replaces Ryan Fredericks.
  • 82' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 82' Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 82' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 82' Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Hogan replaces Conor Hourihane because of an injury.
  • 80' Delay in match Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) because of an injury.
  • 78' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 78' John Terry (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Substitution, Aston Villa. Josh Onomah replaces Mile Jedinak.
  • 77' Substitution, Aston Villa. Jonathan Kodjia replaces Ahmed El Mohamady.
  • 77' Substitution, Fulham. Tomas Kalas replaces Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 77' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 76' Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 76' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 76' Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).
  • 74' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by James Chester.
  • 74' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 72' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 72' Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Stefan Johansen because of an injury.
  • 71' Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 70' Second yellow card to Denis Odoi (Fulham) for a bad foul.
  • 70' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 70' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 70' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 67' Attempt saved. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross following a corner.
  • 65' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by James Chester.
  • 65' Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 63' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 63' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).
  • 63' Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah.
  • 62' Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 60' Attempt saved. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.
  • 59' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 57' Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 55' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).
  • 52' Offside, Fulham. Marcus Bettinelli tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 52' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa).
  • 51' Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) with an attempt from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.
  • 49' Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.
  • 48' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • Second Half begins Aston Villa 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+1' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 45' Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 44' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 44' Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).
  • 44' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 44' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 41' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 40' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.
  • 39' Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a through ball following a set piece situation.
  • 38' Denis Odoi (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 38' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 38' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 37' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 37' Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Attempt missed. Matt Targett (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 34' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 34' Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).
  • 32' Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 31' Offside, Aston Villa. Sam Johnstone tries a through ball, but Robert Snodgrass is caught offside.
  • 30' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 30' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 29' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 29' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 25' Offside, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.
  • 25' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 25' Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 23' Goal! Aston Villa 0, Fulham 1. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a through ball.
  • 22' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Foul by Lewis Grabban (Aston Villa).
  • 21' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 19' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 19' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Grealish following a set piece situation.
  • 16' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 16' Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 15' Matt Targett (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Foul by Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa).
  • 12' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 12' Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 11' Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' James Chester (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 8' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 8' Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).
  • 3' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 3' Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).
  • 1' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.