"If you don't make them exhausted, it will be easy for them", said Jokanovic of Villa's experienced defensive pairing.
The consistently entertaining football they have played since the Serbian's appointment in 2015 has attracted many admirers and was again on display at Wembley, particularly when Ryan Sessegnon created Tom Cairney's first-half goal.
The Cottagers took the lead on 23 minutes when Tom Cairney slotted past goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
"I was totally disappointed with the first half".
Robert Snodgrass' clever set piece chip did well to pick out Grealish, although the final product was severely lacking. In a big game like today we need those decisions to go our way and we need to play better than we did in the first half.
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Grealish had another chance to draw his side level as he challenged Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli to a 50th minutes cross, as Villa started the second half with more intensity and intent than they showed before the break.
On the half-hour mark, Fredericks contested with Grealish for the ball, losing out to the midfielder who was fouled.
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.
"After we missed out on promotion (in the playoffs) last season, a lot of people wrote us off". We got a lot of stick.
A crowd of 85,243 were on hand for the match known as the richest in world sport, with victory worth at least STG160 million ($A280 million) through television payments and other benefits. The 19-year-old left-sided player is widely regarded as one of the most talented youngsters in the English game and he will be able to test himself on the country's highest stage next season. "For me, Fredericks should have had a red card", Bruce said.
"It's incredible. I had a taste of it what, six years ago now, and I wanted to get back ever since".