Adomah confident Villa will beat Fulham

Albert Adomah believes Aston Villa will win their promotion showdown with Fulham and return to the Premier League.

Villa face the Whites in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on May 26 after beating Middlesbrough 1-0 on aggregate on Tuesday.

They drew 0-0 at Villa Park following a 1-0 win at the Riverside on Saturday and Adomah is confident they can end their two-year exile from the top flight.

“There’ll be a lot of expectation but hopefully the best team will win – and I believe that will be us,” said the west London-raised 30-year-old, who played in Middlesbrough’s play-off final defeat against Norwich in 2015.

“Fulham haven’t been in the Premier League for a long time but Aston Villa were only recently relegated. Hopefully, at the second time of asking, we can come out on top.

“It’ll be good – it’s two big teams. We finished fourth and they came third and it’ll be a tough game. They’re one of the form teams and missed out on the last day so maybe there’ll be a bit of disappointment.

“We knew we’d be in the play-offs throughout and hopefully we can give them a challenge.”

Lewis Grabban was denied by Darren Randolph in a scrappy game of few clear chances while James Chester also went close for Villa.

Former Harrow Borough man Adomah added: “We knew we only had to draw to go through and it was a solid performance.

“Unfortunately we didn’t score but did well as a team and they put some pressure on us, towards the end it was a bit end-to-end.”