“Tom is fantastic,” Jokanovic said

Fulham win promotion to Premier League after beating Aston Villa in Championship play

Having passed their way to the brink of the Premier League, earning all the praise that comes with being the Championship’s prettiest team, Fulham were forced to show their nasty side when it mattered most.

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cheap moncler outlet It was gritty, it was desperate. It was not the usual Fulham. But it was, in the end, enough cheap moncler coats to carry them all the way back to the promised land. Just weeks after their owner, Shahid Khan, had announced his intention to buy Wembley, Fulham swept into the national stadium and delivered a victory that guarantees the club at least 160m, as well as moncler sale outlet everything else that comes with being a Premier League side. cheap moncler outlet

Top flight status will buy moncler jackets be theirs to savour once more, and Fulham’s concerns over keeping this exciting, gifted side together next season will have been washed away by the champagne that popped on the Wembley pitch.

cheap moncler It felt fitting that it was Tom Cairney, the club captain, who scored the clinching goal against an Aston Villa side that took too long to rise to the occasion. It also felt appropriate that Cairney’s strike was created by Ryan Sessegnon, the teenage prodigy who was once again at the centre of the game’s moncler outlet sale defining moment. cheap moncler

moncler outlet jackets “We showed we can be solid,” Jokanovic said. “We showed we can be organised and fight all together. We showed the personality, we showed the quality.” moncler outlet jackets

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Steve Bruce’s side chased the ball in the first half, then chased the game after Cairney’s goal, but were dominant after the break. The dismissal of Denis Odoi looked to have cleared the path for a comeback, but Bruce was left rueing an absence of clarity in attack. Grealish did not have enough support and that lack of class, as much as anything Fulham produced, is what prevented Bruce from securing a record fifth promotion to the Premier League.

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cheap moncler jackets sale “In the first half we were too deep,” said Bruce. “Too respectful. We did not do enough and that’s disappointing. But let’s not forget that we are Aston Villa. A proud club. A big club. We will try to move forward.” cheap moncler jackets sale

The question will be how far they will be able to progress considering the financial constraints that will be placed on the club next season. There is even the possibility of a transfer embargo. A summer of unease awaits at Villa Park.

“We dust ourselves down and accept defeat,” said Bruce. “Yes, it’s going to be difficult but we have done it this year. We have gone close but not close enough.”

These moncler mens jackets were the sort of doubts that were always going moncler outlet to hover over the loser last night. As ever with the play off final, there was almost as much to moncler outlet online lose in defeat as there was to gain in victory.

moncler factory outlet It was perhaps no surprise, then, that the opening minutes here were defined by anxiety, caginess and a reluctance to commit men forward. Fulham had nearly all of the ball, but they remained a long way back from the opposition goal and hardly posed an attacking threat until the 20th minute cheap moncler jackets . moncler factory outlet

moncler sale outlet When the first chance came, through a looping Aboubakar Kamara effort, it was almost immediately followed by the goal. Sessegnon twisted past a challenge in midfield, then slipped a weighted pass through to the unchallenged Cairney, who rolled a calm finish into the far corner. “Tom is fantastic,” Jokanovic said. “He showed the personality to bring this team into the Premier League.” moncler sale outlet

moncler jacket sale Fulham were in control, but Grealish was beginning to threaten. At one stage it seemed as if the Fulham cheap moncler outlet players were taking turns in hacking the Villa playmaker, and Ryan Fredericks was perhaps fortunate the referee had not seen a stamp on Grealish’s thigh cheapmoncler . “There were big decisions that went against us,” Bruce said. moncler jacket sale

After the break, Grealish began to play at his own pace. He was briefly untouchable, and went close to an equaliser after cheap moncler a snaking run through four white shirts. He also claimed two penalties and forced the second yellow for Odoi, who planted his studs in Grealish’s chest as Villa gained momentum.

But Villa needed quality that never arrived. As the pressure grew, the white wall held firm. Fulham are back in the big time.

Team detailsFulham (4 3 3)Bettinelli; Fredericks (Christie 83), Odoi, Ream, Targett; Cairney, McDonald, Johansen (Norwood 72); Kamara (Kalas 77), Mitrovic, Sessegnon. Subs Button (g), Fonte, Ayite, Piazon. Sent off Odoi. Booked Odoi, Kamara.

Referee Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

moncler outlet store The record books (let’s face it Wikipedia) will show this was another tight and nervy Championship cheap moncler sale play off final. moncler outlet store

moncler outlet A 1 0 win clinches promotion for the winning side for the ninth time in the last 14 of these games. That does little justice to an entertaining and full blooded match. moncler outlet

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cheap moncler coats Fulham deserved the win, offering more going forward and profiting from an excellent first half which could have brought more than Tom Cairney’s goal. Their steel to hang on in the second half, as energy waned and they lost a centre back to a red card, will serve them well in the league above. cheap moncler coats

As will an exciting core of young players. Cairney’s claim afterwards that he’s not been fit all season is astonshing given his influence in this campaign. Sessegnon will surely be convinced to give it a go for at least another year, and maybe even Mitrovic will begin to look like a top flight striker in time.

moncler outlet online Villa face a less certain future. John Terry’s monlcer down jackets face afterwards suggested a man who’s had enough footballing disappointment to last a lifetime. The MLS may begin to look mighty tempting. Hutton and Jedinak were exposed too often, but there is enormous promise in Jack Grealish, if they can hang onto him. moncler outlet online

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