2018 EFL Championship play-off Final

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2018 EFL Championship play-off Final
2018 Championship play-off final.png
Matchday programme cover
Event2017–18 EFL Championship
Date26 May 2018
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchTom Cairney[1]
RefereeAnthony Taylor
Attendance85,243
2017
2019

The 2018 EFL Championship play-off Final was played on 26 May 2018 at Wembley Stadium, London. The winner earned promotion to the Premier League for the 2018–19 season. The top two teams of the 2017–18 EFL Championship season gained automatic promotion to the Premier League, whilst the teams placed between third and sixth place in the league table played two initial matches in a series of play-offs, and the top two teams of the play-offs play for the final place for the 2018–19 season in the Premier League.[2] Winning the game has been estimated by accountants Deloitte to be worth £160m to the winners, rising to £280m should they survive at least one season in the Premier League.[3]

Fulham won 1–0, the only goal of the game being scored by Tom Cairney in the 23rd minute.[4] It was their first game at Wembley for 43 years since losing the 1975 FA Cup Final.[5][6][7]

Route to the final[edit]

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Fulham Round Aston Villa
Final league position
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Fulham 46 25 13 8 79 46 +33 88
4 Aston Villa 46 24 11 11 72 42 +30 83
5 Middlesbrough 46 22 10 14 67 45 +22 76
6 Derby County 46 20 15 11 69 48 +21 75
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Play-offs Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Derby County 2–1 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H) Semi-finals Middlesbrough 1–0 1–0 (H) 0–0 (A)

Match[edit]

Details[edit]

Fulham1–0Aston Villa
Cairney Goal 23'
Odoi Yellow card 38' Yellow-red card 70'
Report
Attendance: 85,243
Fulham
Aston Villa
GK 1 Marcus Bettinelli
RB 2 Ryan Fredericks Substituted off 83'
CB 4 Denis Odoi Yellow card 38' Yellow-red card 70'
CB 13 Tim Ream
LB 21 Matt Targett
CM 6 Kevin McDonald
CM 8 Stefan Johansen Substituted off 72'
CM 10 Tom Cairney (c)
RM 47 Aboubakar Kamara Yellow card 77' Substituted off 77'
LM 3 Ryan Sessegnon
CF 32 Aleksandar Mitrović
Substitutes:
GK 27 David Button
DF 22 Cyrus Christie Substituted in 83'
DF 26 Tomáš Kalas Substituted in 77'
MF 11 Floyd Ayité
MF 16 Oliver Norwood Substituted in 72'
FW 9 Rui Fonte
FW 20 Lucas Piazon
Manager:
Slaviša Jokanović
GK 1 Sam Johnstone
RB 27 Ahmed Elmohamady Substituted off 77'
CB 5 James Chester Yellow card 8'
CB 26 John Terry (c)
LB 21 Alan Hutton Yellow card 86'
DM 15 Mile Jedinak Yellow card 76' Substituted off 77'
CM 10 Jack Grealish Yellow card 63'
CM 14 Conor Hourihane Substituted off 82'
RM 7 Robert Snodgrass
LM 37 Albert Adomah Yellow card 19'
CF 45 Lewis Grabban
Substitutes:
GK 31 Mark Bunn
DF 16 James Bree
MF 6 Glenn Whelan
MF 18 Josh Onomah Substituted in 77'
MF 20 Birkir Bjarnason
FW 9 Scott Hogan Substituted in 82'
FW 22 Jonathan Kodjia Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Steve Bruce

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aston Villa 0-1 Fulham: Tom Cairney fires Cottagers into Premier League". Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  2. ^ "EFL Play-Offs: Goalless draw enough to take Aston Villa to Wembley". Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Aston Villa v Fulham: Championship play-off final 'worth £160m' to winners". 24 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "Aston Villa 0-1 Fulham". 26 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Aston Villa 0 Fulham 1 LIVE - As it happened". Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Aston Villa 0 Fulham 1: as it happened". Guardian. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Fulham win promotion to Premier League after beating Aston Villa in Championship play-off final". The Telegraph. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.