Jokanovic wants Fulham to spend after promotion triumph


Fulham, whose style of play under Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic earned plaudits this season, were the first to settle and scored from the game's first piece of quality football.

Aston Villa created most of the chances in the second half after Fulham's Denis Odoi was sent off in the 70th minute.

Villa chose to go full-scale and juts buy a team full of top players form the Championship and some quality Premier League players, but it still didn't work.

The 18-year-old has been in fine form in the Championship this season, scoring 16 and recording eight assists including setting up Cairney's goal against Villa. The defender only ever appeared likely to return to the English top flight with Villa.

The Championship play-off final is always an entertaining match.

"For us, playing like Villa can be a huge risk and we might not win like this".

Ryan Sessegnon found himself in space just outside the box before threading a ideal ball through to Tom Cairney who made no mistake with the finish.

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In the second half, we were much better.

Picking the absolutely arbitrary year that the Premier League began, you have 8 minutes. Villa pressured constantly with the man advantage, but couldn't get a clear shot at Marcus Bettinelli's goal.

However, subsequent replays showed that there was far more to the incident than first met the eye.

Tempers frayed as Grealish ploughed into Cairney with a feisty challenge that could have resulted in a red card for the young playmaker, yet it was Fulham who went down to ten men when Odoi was shown a second yellow card for a wild challenge on Grealish. Ryan Fredericks certainly seemed to let the occasion better of him when he stamped on Jack Grealish on the half-hour mark.

Loan deals are never ideal, permanent signings are what supporters want to see, but this is is a move that could be a benefit for both parties and something Steve Bruce should strongly consider.

Bruce has performed well enough in the job to be given the opportunity to take Villa up next season but with an ageing squad, a summer rebuild is perhaps required to make that final leap.

There was to be no fairy tale ending for Villa and they only had themselves to blame after a poor first half showing handed Fulham all the incentive they needed to push for the win.