‘Fulham must invest to survive in Premier League’

by Steven Clarke May 31, 2018, 11:07
‘Fulham must invest to survive in Premier League’

Tom Cairney scored the lone goal of the playoff final at Wembley early in the first half and it proved to be the one to take Fulham back into the Premier League.

But he added: "We must adapt ourselves".

Full-back Ahmed Elmohamady has managed to return from injury and has been chosen by manager Steve Bruce to be placed alongside Chester, Terry, and Alan Hutton.

For now, as Jokanovic said when asked about the future of Ryan Sessegnon and retaining on-loan striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, it is all about enjoying what his attacking team have achieved.

"I've been saying for quite a while that we've been playing Premier League football in the Championship and I'm so happy that we are getting to play Premier League football in the Premier League now". But I think this team being in the Premier League, based in London, I think it's an attractive club and I think it keeps the team together.

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

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.

"I signed a contract extension last summer - I believed in what we're doing here", Cairney told reporters after the game.

After the break, Fulham continued where they left off and Stefan Johansen got on the ball on the edge of the area but fired wide. That's the question for everybody. There'll be discussions over the next few weeks. "We've been the best team in the league and although we didn't get automatic promotion, we blew teams away".

"Of course there's going to be speculation over Jack", said Bruce, as quoted by the Express and Star.

Before the game, there was talk of the Serb's remarks backfiring on him and Aston Villa's big-game experience coming to the fore, not without good reason. He was undoubtedly the player of the year in the Championship and his ceiling as a footballer is very high.


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