Four minutes later, they were reduced to 10 men after Denis Odoi went in hard on Grealish, giving the man in the middle no choice but to show a second yellow card and subsequent red.
It defeated Derby County in the playoff semifinal on a 2-1 aggregate and features the likes of USA defender Tim Ream and rising teenage English fullback Ryan Sessegnon.
"I prefer not so much to think about bad things, about problems", Jokanovic, palpably in celebration mode as a beery, bubbly, bouncing Fulham dressing room cavorted a few metres away, said after it was suggested that victory at Wembley against Aston Villa may have brought a sense of vindication.
"One important improvement is now finished, and now we must show ambition to be a Premier League team".
The Serbian will expect some funds to strengthen the squad in the close season - as well as keeping the club's best players like Sessegnon and 27-year-old Cairney.
"The Premier League is the best and most competitive league, and we must be clever". 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.
Cavs vs. Celtics: Score, updates, highlights from Game 6 of East finals
The Cavaliers turned the ball over twice out of the timeout before James got to the basket for a 12-point game with 4:41 left. Lue was more candid than was his usual custom after the game, opining that his superstar and meal ticket, L.
A more prudent approach will be needed, with their parachute payments - around £15 million this coming year- following relegation from the Premier League in 2016, ending this season.
Despite Gray's struggles at Watford, he still has plenty to offer in the Premier League and, having previously excelled at Brentford, there's no doubt he can play the lone striker role in a possession-based team. If they prove capable of surviving one season, that could even increase to £280million.
However, if they beat Fulham in the play-off final, the claret and blues will be in a position to spend heavily over the summer.
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.
Owls boss Jos Luhukay had earlier stated that it was up to Clare and fellow under 23s player George Hirst, who is also out of contract, whether they wanted to stay.
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