Cairney the hero as Fulham strike it rich with Premier League promotion

5 Things we learned from Fulham’s win over Aston Villa

5 Things we learned from Fulham’s win over Aston Villa

Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon has caught the eye of Premier League clubs during a dazzling campaign and the 18-year-old sensation was the catalyst for his team's opener.

Aston Villa threw everything at Slavisa Jokanovic's side to try and get back into the game.

The Cottagers were down to 10 men with 20 minutes to go as defender Denis Odoi was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a late tackle on Grealish.

Villa, owned by Chinese businessman Tony Xia, paid the price for a limp first half and are faced with a third successive season outside the Premier League, a stark reality given a reduction in the parachute payments could lead to the sale of their stars. "The pitch suits us, with the way we play football". "But today we smashed the second match point".

The average age of Fulham's side was just over 25 while man-for-man, Villa were five years older than their counterparts. Villa regardless created chances that superior teams would have taken, so Fulham could prove at risk by playing that same way in the Premier League.

Steve Bruce, ashen-faced afterwards and clearly ready for a break after a traumatic six months, will nearly certainly have to rebuild in their third and final year of parachute payments. We need to be courageous, we need to make investment, we need to spend money to survive or to make a more important step. We all are. With a big game, it's tough to swallow.

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For now, as Jokanovic said when asked about the future of Ryan Sessegnon and retaining on-loan striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, it is all about enjoying what his attacking team have achieved. But we're Aston Villa.

Fulham's Tim Ream (right) challenges Aston Villa's Jack Grealish (centre).

Aged 37, even if he remains with them and they secure promotion in 12 months' time, a further year at the highest level will by then most likely be beyond him.

Having seen his team take the lead just five minutes before it was a insane thing to do and serious questions have to be asked of the assistant referee for not deeming it a red card offence.

Saturday may be the day of the Champions League final but the financial implications of the second-tier showpiece - worth at least £160 million of additional revenue to the victor - dwarfs the Kiev showpiece.

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