Things we learned from Fulham's win over Aston Villa

Slavisa Jokanovic

For its part, Fulham is the more attractive of the teams, deploying an entertaining brand of possession-based football and punctuated by the like of young star Ryan Sessegnon, who celebrated his 18 birthday in between Play-off qualifying rounds.

Tom Cairney's first-half goal was enough to separate the two sides in Saturday's Championship play-off final, with Fulham holding on to their advantage even after Denis Odoi was sent off in the second half. 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.

Fred, 25, fits that bill, although he is used to playing a little deeper, while Grealish represents somebody who could grow into a role at Old Trafford in the years to come.

"This is a really important victory for us". The Premier League is the most competitive league and we must be clever. Financial muscle is supposed to dictate the order of things these days, but Fulham now join Bournemouth and Huddersfield as gatecrashers in the promised land of the Premier League and only the most ardent of Villa fans could argue. Cairney got the better of Jedinak as halftime approached, leading to the first corner of the match but Sessegnon's effort won't be making Fulham's highlight reel.

After the break, Fulham continued where they left off and Stefan Johansen got on the ball on the edge of the area but fired wide.

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"After we missed out on promotion (in the playoffs) last season, a lot of people wrote us off".

"We've shown we are one of the best Championship teams", he said.

Whether or not 37-year-old former Chelsea and England skipper John Terry and highly-rated midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, remain at Villa Park is another matter. "Of course you have to get together again and go again next season".

"That's great news for us as a club and it's fantastic to see him staying on".

Teen sensation Sessegnon showed awareness and a maturity that belied his years to thread through Cairney, whose low first-time finish beat Sam Johnstone. A double-fault would have been crushing for Fulham, whose charge towards automatic promotion blew up against Birmingham on a hard, well-grown pitch that perplexed their players and seemed to have laid bare a soft underbelly. We've worked tirelessly and changed the squad round hugely and thankfully with winning a few games it's certainly starting to mend with the supporters.

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