How to watch Aston Villa vs. Fulham: Promotion playoff final

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Amid all of tomorrow's sporting excitement, the Championship playoff final is also due to take place in Wembley Stadium, with Aston Villa and Fulham playing it out for a place in next year's Premier League.

Team captain Tom Cairney scored the 22nd-minute goal for Fulham, which survived the last 20 minutes a man down after Denis Odoi received his second yellow card.

They succeeded, and will play in the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2014 ended 13 straight seasons in the world's wealthiest and most-watched division. But let's not forget we are Aston Villa, a proud club, a big club.

Villa fan Prince William was among the 85,243 in attendance on a baking Wembley day, where intensity from the stands translated onto the pitch.

The prize at stake in this game was worth so much more than just promotion to the Premier League, with the cash windfall that it brings with it meaning so much to the future of both clubs. He stamped on Jack Grealish, right in front of me.

Stefan Johansen almost doubled the Fulham lead with 23 minutes remaining in the match, after Sessegnon set up the Norwegian on the edge of the penalty area.

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Shahid Afridi , David Miller, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell , Chris Lynn, Darren Sammy and Lasith Malinga are the other marquee players .

Kamara and Sessegnon had attempts either side of a break in play after Ryan Fredericks trod on Grealish, whose quick feet lead to a booking for Odoi as half-time approached.

The one bright spark in what was a grey performance from Villa in the first-half, Grealish was the only player in a claret and blue shirt looking forward whenever he received the ball. We did in the second half.

"People gave us stick but football won today".

But Bruce is ready to go again next season. "We've been the best team in the league and although we didn't get automatic promotion, we blew teams away".

As ever, the ramification from the Championship play-off final will rumble on for many years to come and for Fulham, the glory is all theirs.

It was that record that probably persuaded Dr Tony Xia, Villa's chairman, to appoint Bruce in the first place and while he has done a good job with Villa, a fifth promotion proved elusive.

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