Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Aston Villa lose out on promotion to Premier League

Aston Villa lose out on promotion to Premier League

Owls boss Jos Luhukay had earlier stated that it was up to Clare and fellow under 23s player George Hirst, who is also out of contract, whether they wanted to stay.

The deafening sound as Fulham celebrated promotion under the Wembley arch gave a whole new meaning to white noise, for Slavisa Jokanovic's slow-burning, swaggering side had finally got over the line. "We must adapt and be clever, we must not make one step back. We will try to move forward".

"One important improvement is now finished, and now we must show ambition to be a Premier League team".

"We knew we weren't going to shrink in this environment".

Sitting on just 20 points after 17 games of the season and languishing in the bottom half of the table, a 5-4 win against Sheffield United was the catalyst for a resurgence which saw them narrowly miss out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season.

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. Ryan Fredericks certainly seemed to let the occasion better of him when he stamped on Jack Grealish on the half-hour mark.

In the second-half, moments after nearly bringing Villa level with a moment of individual magic, it appeared as though he let his frustrations get the better of him. It's a dream come true. "But let's not forget we are Aston Villa, a proud club, a big club".

"We knew we wouldn't shrink in this environment", Cairney said to Sky Sports. "To top it off with promotion, there's nothing better".

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored 12 league goals after joining on loan from Newcastle midseason, spoke of his pride after giving everything.

It was very almost a second for Fulham on 66 minutes after a corner picked out Kevin McDonald, who headed wide of goal. "Of course I will be happy to stay at Fulham but we will see what happens and we will speak to my agent and other clubs".

The 27-year-old would be an addition of intent for the Villains, and perhaps the marquee signing that the fans would expect, should they be promoted at Wembley on Saturday afternoon. "We score a goal and today we get a red card".

Information from Press Association was used in this report.

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