Fulham defeat Aston Villa in Championship play-off final to reach Premier League

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However, Grealish was then booked in the second half for a foul on Cairney which easily could have been a red as well. "There's not many better feelings than this". There is a fair bit of doubling throughout, so you won't actually need to get 25 teams. It's the top of the top.

"I personally must be satisfied". The exciting thing is the project Jokanovic referenced in his post-match comments is just beginning for this Fulham side.

The £160m in extra revenue that promotion provides Fulham will give them the opportunity to strengthen their squad over the summer transfer window, and could see them make an offer for Targett after his highly successful spell.

When it comes to taking teams from the Championship and into the Premier League, Steve Bruce is an absolute master.

"We can not copy them because they are a different team and play in another way".

Grealish raced to head just over with the goal gaping before Hourihane's cross-shot threatened, but Fulham were looking risky on the break and Aleksandar Mitrovic nodded wide.

"I've been playing the whole season not fully fit".

After the game, Cairney told Sky Sports: "We knew we wouldn't shrink in this environment".

"In my eyes, over the past two seasons, we've been the best team in this league".

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Cairney harnessed his role not only as the team's protagonist but its artist too - probing, prowling, twirling away from challenges, stroking passes across the canvas and, ultimately, adding that all-important finishing touch. "But now, I do believe they have enjoyed seeing what we have got at the moment".

"It's a dream come true", he said.

"But my manager said he needed me so I just played".

"We went on a 23-game unbeaten run".

Alongside Neil Warnock, Bruce holds the record for promotions to the top-tier of English football with four having done so with Birmingham and Hull City twice apiece.

The powerful Mitrovic, whose loan move from Newcastle United ends after this game, has scored 12 goals since joining Fulham at the end of the January transfer window.

"We are very proud and proud of Fulham today".

Captaining his side yet again, the 27-year-old was a key component in the midfield battle up against tough opposition in Robert Snodgrass, Mile Jedinak and Conor Hourihane. "We didn't do enough to ask them real questions".

Information from Press Association was used in this report.

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