Championship play-off match report Aston Villa v Fulham 26 May 2018

Lewis Collier
May 27, 2018

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.

Jedinak, who skippered Crystal Palace through the Wembley play-off five years ago, was pushing to return to England's top flight two years after heading north to Birmingham and was substituted late in the second half soon after picking up a yellow card.

Robert Snodgrass joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal from West Ham United in the summer of 2017.

They were given a lifeline when Denis Odoi was sent off for a challenge on Jack Grealish - who himself was lucky to stay on the pitch.

Fulham were last in the Premier League in 2013-14 where they were relegated alongside Norwich and Cardiff.

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However, two minutes later, Fulham were ahead.

"When we didn't get promotion at the end of the season, a lot of people wrote us off and said we had to change the way we play", he added.

The Fulham manager fielded an energetic front three of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara, none of whom are older than 23, in their 2-0 semi-final victory over Derby County last week. But football won today. Fulham have been the better and more attractive side all season and, despite a valiant second-half fightback by Villa, they were the superior side yesterday. We just needed a break, but we didn't get one.

It came pretty much against the run of play, with Villa now needing to pick up the pieces and stage a comeback. 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.

A 17th place finish the following season was followed by 20th place in 2015/16, and after missing out on promotion previous year in the play-offs having ended in sixth, Slavisa Jokanovic's side finished the recently completed season in third before overcoming Derby County and now Steve Bruce's Villa.

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