Steve Bruce: Aston Villa manager keen to stay after play-off defeat

Steve Bruce: Aston Villa manager keen to stay after play-off defeat

Fulham defender Denis Odoi's sending off brought a nervy ending to proceedings, but captain Tom Cairney's goal proved enough in a 1-0 win that will live long in the memory.

Ryan Sessegnon continued his excellent season with a sensational performance at Wembley.

Mitrovic netted 12 goals in 18 Championship games for Fulham, and the opportunity to link up with Serb coach Slavisa Jokanovic was said to be a big factor in his decision to move to west London. Promotion to the Premier League is estimated to be worth an additional £160million, spread over three years, which obviously would make a significant difference to either team.

Fulham went in front just past the 20 minute mark as Tom Cairney slid the ball beyond Sam Johnstone following a wonderfully weighted, defence-splitting through pass from teen prodigy Ryan Sessegnon.

The Midlands club were trying to play everything through the talented Grealish and he had a chance early in the second half to level things up when he went past a couple of players and got into the box but his shot was straight at Fulham's keeper.

This was no coincidental collision, Fredericks knew exactly what he was doing and a red card should have been given.

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According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are looking to sign Moussa Marega after the Porto striker's asking price was dropped to £26 million.

With Aston Villa facing another season in the second-tier, they will struggle to pay Terry the £60,000-a-week wage he is now receiving.

"The Cottagers" are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2014, having been the favourites with bookmakers before the tie. So with Villa staying in the Championship for at least one more season, Terry will be saved the added hate for now.

If there was ever a game to completely sum up Grealish, both the promising and the bad, the play-off final would be it. "We deserved it. It's not easy to play at Wembley, there is a lot of pressure", said Jokanovic.

The 22-year-old and the Villa fans were incandescent when handball appeals against Odoi were ignored - anger that bubbled over as he launched into an overzealous challenge on Cairney that led to a booking and on-field commotion.

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