Danny Murphy says Fulham can play with freedom in play-off final

first_imgDanny Murphy believes Aston Villa face more pressure going into Saturday’s Championship play-off final, while Fulham can enjoy the moment.The annual showpiece at Wembley could be worth up to £280million for the victors, making it the most lucrative prize in world football.talkSPORT will be live from Wembley to bring you commentary of the game at 5pm. And Murphy, who played 169 games for Fulham, thinks their opponents are more desperate for promotion to the Premier League.He told talkSPORT: “I think Villa need it more.“There’s more pressure on Villa because of the outlay that they’ve put out and the wages they’re paying.“Fulham can go into this with a little more freedom – the club’s not going to be in financial trouble if they don’t go up.” The Whites finished third in the Championship after stringing together 23 games without defeat. They overcame Derby in the semi-final, coming from 1-0 down in the first leg to win 2-1 on aggregate.Murphy added: “I think Fulham, playing the way they do, are going to be difficult to stop.“Especially now they’ve got over that tricky 1-0 with Derby. To come back from that, being a goal down, I think that’s the hardest bit.“Now they can just go and enjoy it.”Villa, who beat Middlesbrough 1-0 over two legs in their semi-final, carry a lot more experience into the big game with the likes of John Terry and Glen Whelan in the squad.The former Fulham man suggested the large Wembley pitch may suit the Whites, but the contrast between youth and experience will be intriguing.And while much of the pre-game talk has centred on Fulham’s teenage-sensation Ryan Sessegnon, Murphy believes Steve Bruce should focus his attention on another talent.He continued: “When Tom Cairney’s at it, Fulham really are creative and a good side to watch.“He’s the one for Villa that I think they need to stop.“But Villa have got talent of their own. It’s going to be a good game.” 1last_img read more