Aston Villa v Fulham: Championship play-off final – live! | Football

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61 mins: Confusion in the Fulham area as Villa pile on more pressure. They have been excellent. A goal is surely coming. Grealish getting time and space.

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59 mins: Villa getting closer! Jack Grealish with a weaving, winding run, with shades of Ricky rather than Aston Villa. Bettenelli makes a clawing save from a shot that took a deflection.

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58 mins: Slavisa Jokanovic looking pensive on the sidelines, and so is Fulham owner Shahid Khan in the stands.

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57 mins: Grealish plays Grabban into space and Grabban looks a bit tentative as he approaches goal. Dennis Odoi’s covering seemed to put him off.

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55 mins: Mitrovic flashes a header wide. Terry nowhere. Hard not to agree with Sean Lally’s tweet: “Bruce needs to be brave and take Terry off. He’s adding nothing to Villa and is more a liability than an asset right now ….”

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53 mins: Fulham’s resolve being sorely tested and they are playing on the counter. Sessegnon tried to put Kamara through but the pass was overhit.

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52 mins: Odomah is the danger man, he puts Hourihane into space in an inside-left position, but the pass, presumably aimed at Grabban, skews wide. Or was it a shot? Doubtful he even knows.

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51 mins: Villa a different proposition here. Powerful, forceful and dangerous.

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50 mins: Odamah again down the left. Bettenelli flapped and got very lucky that the ball came off Grealish’s head and didn’t go into the goal.

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49 mins: Terry gets closed down, as Johansen charges in. No rest for the wicked, and not those who face Fulham.

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48 mins: Adomah down the left, and gets a cross in. Snodgrass fails to keep his header down.

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47 mins: James Chester, again, had to clear the ball for Villa, as Fredericks got around the back. Terry has been something of a bystander.

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46 mins: A change in Villa’s approach? Lewis Grabban charges down Bettenelli. Looks like the high press is the way forward. Jack Grealish is also marauding forward.

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Second-half kicks off

45 minutes to agony, ecstasy and £170m. Or extra-time.

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Bourgy tweets in: “Fulham are being praised for the type of performance that’s described as boring when it’s United. 60% possession, 2 shots on target, one goal.”
Seems Bourgy is happy with the way Manchester United play. Ok, mate. Takes all sorts but Fulham have tried to attack, played down the flanks and taken risks. Which is nothing like Manchester United under Mourinho.

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Seems little doubt that the likes of Steve Bruce and John Terry will have had a word with referee Anthony Taylor at half-time. Jack Grealish has been targeted, and they were asking for protection all that half. If Taylor requires evidence, then the stud marks on Grealish’s legs should provide that.

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There’s another game on tonight, you know. Somewhere in Europe. Rob Smyth has the details and is your guide through the build-up.

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Half-time – Aston Villa 0-1 Fulham

Fulham fully deserving of their lead, which came via that crafted goal from Cairney. They should, though, have been a man down. Fredericks stood all over Grealish. Naughty, lucky boy.

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45 mins: Fulham seeking another before the break? Terry comes across and goes on an adventure, and has to since none of his colleagues are open for a pass. That gives Fulham fans a chance to boo him on extended play.

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45 mins: There will be two minutes of added time and they are being used up by Stefan Johansen receiving some attention to what looks like a muscle injury.

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42 mins: Chester and Johnstone almost put Mitrovic clear on goal when seeming to forget that a striker might fancy being given the ball with an open net beckoning. They only just about pull themselves together.

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40 mins: Mitrovic gets a chance, but his shot is blocked by a fine intervention from Chester. It has to be said that Terry is looking his age at the moment. He’s been sold a couple of times when Fulham have worked their chances, and especially for the goal.

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38 mins: Snodgrass is inventive with the free-kick and Grealish is in place to have Villa’s best chance. He fires wide, agonisingly so for the Villa fans.

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37 mins: First Fulham booking goes to Odoi, for a foul on Grealish, of course. Villa’s main man has taken a real buffeting. Jokanovic knew how to mix it as a player…

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36 mins: How long Fulham can keep this up in 96F is the main question at the moment but the ball is doing their work for them, while Villa are chasing shadows.

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35 mins: That Villa possession didn’t last long. Fulham playing some lovely stuff before Targett fails to live up to his name and wafts a shot wide.

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33 mins: Harvey Maine tweets in. “If you going to play the overexaggerated temperature game, at least have the decency to put the F after the number. 90F is 32C, which is about what it is here in Frankfurt today.”
Fair enough, Harv. It was, though, 96 degrees F.

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32 mins: At last, some semblance of possession play from Villa. They need far more of that and Fulham’s defence is by no means impregnable. This time Ream clears the danger out.

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31 mins: Almost another Fulham goal. Terry fails to get clean contact and Sessegnon stole in. Thankfully for JT, Sam Johnstone was alert to the danger.

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30 mins: So, a bad goal to concede and a sense of injustice for Villa. The free-kick from Snodgrass is cleared by Odoi.

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28 mins: That should have been a red card for Fredericks! Grealish fell to the floor, and Fredericks ran all over him, and there is little doubt that was deliberate.

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27 mins: Is it in Fulham’s nature to sit on a lead? No, but it would be only natural to start retreating at some point. At the moment, though.

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26 mins: Villa looking a little shellshocked here, as do their fans. The club can barely afford a third season out of the Premier League.

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24 mins: That was coming. Fulham have been excellent, and Villa hanging on a bit. Sessegnon had been quiet, but then showed that limitless talent. Cairney, not a bad player himself, was so cool when finishing that off. Terry, to be fair, was not beaten by Sessegnon, but was ball-watching when Cairney was in open space.

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Goal! Aston Villa 0-1 Fulham (Cairney, 23)

Sessegnon drifts inside, skipping past Terry and Chester, and weighs a ball perfectly for Cairney, through on goal, to slot it.

Tom Cairney slots the ball home nicely to give Fulham the lead. Photograph: Shaun Brooks/Action Plus via Getty Images

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is pretty pleased. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images

As are the Fulham fans. Photograph: Michael Zemanek/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

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20 mins: First shot of the game? Kamara has a hopeful swing and it has Johnstone scrambling, yet just about looped on to the roof of the net.

Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara has a go. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

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19 mins: Sessegnon gets his first real run, but Mile Jedinak comes across to clear the danger.

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17 mins: Fulham’s determination to keep passing is a credit to them and keeping Villa’s midfield, full of power, running. That heat may sap them soon.

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16 mins: Grealish, at last, has a chance to run, but is chopped down by Tom Cairney. No booking, much to the annoyance of the victim and his manager.

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15 mins: The on-pitch temperature has been measured at 90 degrees. Hot hot hot.

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14 mins: Fulham keeper Bettinelli nearly got himself in a tangle in trying to play the ball out. The ball went to Snodgrass, who was leading Villa’s press.

It’s a grand day out in the sunshine at Wembley. Photograph: Robbie Jay Barratt /AMA/Getty Images

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