Fulham 1 Aston Villa 0 - Matt Maher and Nathan Judah analysis

Lawrence Cooper
May 27, 2018

Whilst the likes of John Terry and Jack Grealish would nearly certainly exit as well.

In what was Fulham's first Wembley appearance in 43 years, supporters of the London club duly toasted the goal as if it was a game clincher, yet Villa have warning that they would not surrender without a fight as they battled back in the final 10 minutes of the first half.

Aston Villa are said to be willing to offer John Terry a new contract which includes a clause allowing him to sit out of matches against Chelsea.

It is extremely moving listening to Bruce and not surprising to hear him say that, in the context of what he has been through over the last few months, winning promotion with Villa would be the most satisfying achievement of his managerial career.

However, they could be without Ahmed Elmohamady for the trip to the national stadium, as he continues to be in a race against time.

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Terry has been one of the standout defenders in the Championship this season, starting 32 league games and forming an effective partnership with Welsh worldwide James Chester at the back. All those phone calls to him, he hasn't been disappointed with it. In a quiet way, he is not a ranter and a raver, he is not one who puts heads through doors. "My initial thought, and Steve agreed with me, was: 'Steve, we've got to stop the rot here and just keep the club in the Championship.' That's how low I thought it had got".

Fulham dominated the early exchanges at Wembley, moving the ball around the pitch well, although chances were hard to come by. The Premier League is the most competitive league and we must be clever.

"We believe we can play this way, but we must know what characters and what players we need". I believe what we are doing here is special and I've said for a while that we've been playing Premier League football in the Championship.

"It was never a burden but I think people expect you to be a lot better than you are!" He plays in a complicated position. I am not thinking about the future.

"Expectation is huge here but that's why I went for experience", Bruce told BBC WM.

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