Tom Cairney goal takes Fulham back to the Premier League

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Aston Villa are preparing for their biggest match of the season when they meet Fulham at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and could be without one of their key men for the tie, according to a report on the club's official website. Next season will be their third in the Championship and they will look to compete end of the league again. "Football was the victor", Cairney said.

The West Londoners could have added a second through Sessegnon - who headed straight at Johnstone from eight yards out - but Villa should have been level with five minutes of the first half remaining when Grealish volleyed over from 10 yards after a clever free kick from Robert Snodgrass.

While Fulham were left to celebrate their success, defeat was tough to take for Villa boss Steve Bruce, who rued refereeing decisions.

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.

But although Fulham had an average age of three years younger than Villa, there was no sign of stage-fright from Jokanovic's team.

Dominating possession for long periods, Fulham were the more adventurous side.

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Jokanovic had vowed to take advantage of Villa's veterans, labelling them "an old and exhausted team, they are going to show some weaknesses".

The 27-year-old latched on to a Ryan Sessegnon through ball to slide home early in the second half.

The Villa Park outfit managed to shut out Middlesbrough in the previous round, and will be hoping they can keep Fulham at bay for 90 minutes.

Tom Cairney's goal in the first-half was enough to secure a return to the top flight for the Craven Cottage side. His bewitching second-half surge upfield did deserve to finish with the ball rippling the net.

Jack Grealish suddenly got involved in the game and he forced a save from goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli after a superb slaloming dribble through the Fulham defence.

Kamara and Sessegnon had attempts either side of a break in play after Ryan Fredericks trod on Grealish, whose quick feet lead to a booking for Odoi as half-time approached.

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