Date: 27th May 2018 at 8:36am
Written by:
Aston Villa
0 – 1
Fulham

Wembley Stadium

Championship Play-Off Final

26/05/2018 5:00 pm

Attendance: 85243

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Aston VillaFulham
Cairney (23)
JohnstoneBettinelli
El Mohamady77Fredericks83
TerryOdoi
 
 
Chester
 
Ream
Hutton
 
Targett
Jedinak
 
77McDonald
SnodgrassJohansen72
Hourihane82Cairney
Grealish
 
Kamara
 
77
AdomahMitrovic
GrabbanSessegnon

Substitutes

WhelanButton
Hogan82Christie83
BreeKalas77
Onomah77Norwood72
BjarnasonFonte
Kodjia77Ayite
BunnPiazon

Game Statistics

1Goal attempts15
2On Target3
0Corners3
14Fouls15
4Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards1
49%51

Fulham don’t tend to play at Wembley often, the last time they ventured up Wembley Way was forty-three years ago.

On that occasion, they lost the 1975 FA Cup Final to a side in claret and blue, West Ham United.

In the Championship Play-Off Final, Fulham faced another side in claret and blue, Aston Villa.

Thankfully, the Cottagers were able to produce the free-flowing football that saw them emerge from a mid-table position to go so close to winning one of the two automatic promotion places.

But, although automatic promotion would have been good, nothing can beat the sheer elation of winning a play-off final, at Wembley, to gate-crash the Premier League.

A feisty game was settled in the 23rd minute when a ball, from Ryan Sessegnon, split the Aston Villa defence allowing Tom Cairney to close in on goal and produce a neat finish.

That goal will ensure that Fulham mix it with the big boys next season with Craven Cottage hosting Premier League football.

The scenes, once the final whistle had been blown, will live long in our memories of what was a marvellous day out.

Thank you to everyone who played their part, you are all heroes in our eyes.

 

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