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Fulham 2-0 Derby County (Agg 2-1)

May 14, 2018
Ryan Sessegnon goal
Ryan Sessegnon has scored 16 goals in the Championship this season

Fulham booked their place in the Championship play-off final at Wembley as they overturned a first-leg deficit by beating Derby at Craven Cottage.

Trailing 1-0 from the game at Pride Park, goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Denis Odoi put the hosts through.

Teenager Sessegnon fired into the top corner from close range, before Odoi flicked in a header from a corner.

Fulham 2-0 Derby County (Agg 2-1)Fulham 2-0 Derby County (Agg 2-1)

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara had chances to add further goals, as the Rams created little.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s side – beaten play-off semi-finalists last season – will play either Aston Villa or Middlesbrough in the final on Saturday, 26 May.

Having struggled to break down Derby in the first leg, Fulham demonstrated why they are unbeaten at home since October with a display full of flowing, attacking football.

The Rams frustrated their opponents during the first half, though, with Scott Carson superbly saving Mitrovic’s close-range header, and it was not until after the break Fulham made their dominance count.

The Cottagers find out who they will face in the final on Tuesday, when Villa take a one-goal advantage over Boro back to the West Midlands.

Fulham finally end play-off hoodoo

Victory in the semi-finals ends a run of seven play-off games without a win for Fulham.

In 2016-17, Reading defeated the west London side 2-1 on aggregate, but they are now one match away from a return to the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2014.

It will also be the Whites’ first visit to Wembley since 1975 when they were beaten by West Ham in the FA Cup Final.

Denis Odoi
Denis Odoi was held aloft by Fulham fans at full-time

Fulham finished third in the Championship and 13 points ahead of Derby, only missing out on automatic promotion because of a final-day loss at Birmingham.

But their form at Craven Cottage has been magnificent since the turn of the year, scoring more goals at home than any other side in 2018.

And they became only the second team out of 17 in a Championship play-off to lose the opening tie and then go through.

Derby will now spend an 11th successive season in the second tier despite reaching the play-offs in three of the past five campaigns.

Should England take a gamble on Sessegnon?

In Sessegnon, Fulham have one of the outstanding young talents in England.

The Championship Player of the Season, who turns 18 on Friday, has been touted as an outside contender for a place in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.

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Ryan Sessegnon should go to World Cup – Mark Lawrenson

The left-footed winger was kept quiet in Friday’s first leg, but this time was instrumental in most things Fulham did in the final third.

He had already seen a shot well saved by Carson before the break when found in space by Kamara, but made no mistake from Stefan Johansen’s chest down just two minutes into the second half.

Fulham’s leading scorer has now netted 22 times in 80 career appearances, despite spending most of his first season playing from left-back.

England’s squad will be announced on Wednesday.

Reaction – ‘The fans did a crucial job’

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic told BBC London:

“I must be very satisfied personally, for my players and the fans. We made a great step and will bring the team to Wembley after 43 years.

“We believe in our way and the team have showed their confidence. It is a fantastic achievement.

“We will play the final and know that people only remember the team who wins the game.

“We must enjoy this moment and be happy, especially for our fans as they pushed us all year at home and did a crucial job for us tonight too.”

Derby manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

“The way we performed was the most disappointing thing for us. I think it’s very easy to be critical, but I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.

“I think the players over the two legs have given everything and worked incredibly hard.

“We’ve tried everything, we’ve had a go, we’re disappointed. Sometimes you’ve got to handle that disappointment and move on.

“Three out of the four teams are going to be disappointed at the end of these play-offs and unfortunately we’re the first ones.”

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 1BettinelliBooked at 90mins
  • 2Fredericks
  • 4Odoi
  • 13Ream
  • 21Targett
    Substituted forKalasat 76′minutes
  • 10Cairney
    Substituted forNorwoodat 90+1′minutes
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 78mins
  • 8JohansenBooked at 62mins
  • 47KamaraBooked at 74mins
  • 32Mitrovic
  • 3R Sessegnon

Substitutes

  • 9Fonte
  • 11Ayité
  • 16Norwood
  • 20Piazon
  • 22Christie
  • 26Kalas
  • 27Button

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 6Keogh
  • 33Davies
  • 3Forsyth
  • 14Wisdom
  • 44HuddlestoneBooked at 77mins
  • 15Johnson
  • 8Anya
    Substituted forVydraat 67′minutes
  • 10Lawrence
    Substituted forPalmerat 67′minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 19Weimann
  • 32Jerome
    Substituted forNugentat 75′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Palmer
  • 16Pearce
  • 21Roos
  • 23Vydra
  • 26Hanson
  • 28Nugent
  • 36Ledley
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
23,529

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home20
Away14
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Posted at

Match ends, Fulham 2, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Posted at90’+7′

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Derby County 0.

Posted at90’+6′

Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andre Wisdom with a cross.

Posted at90’+4′

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Curtis Davies with a headed pass.

Posted at90’+4′

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

Posted at90’+4′

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Posted at90’+4′

Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Posted at90’+3′

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kasey Palmer.

Posted at90’+2′

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at90’+2′

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Substitution

Posted at90’+1′

Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Tom Cairney.

Posted at89′

Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at89′

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Derby County).

Posted at88′

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

Posted at86′

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at86′

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Posted at82′

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Posted at81′

Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Posted at79′

Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Booking

Posted at78′

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Posted at78′

Kasey Palmer (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Posted at77′

Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at77′

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at77′

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Posted at77′

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

Posted at77′

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.

Substitution

Posted at76′

Substitution, Fulham. Tomas Kalas replaces Matt Targett.

Substitution

Posted at75′

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Cameron Jerome.

Booking

Posted at74′

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Posted at74′

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) has gone down, but that’s a dive.

Posted at73′

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

Posted at72′

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

Posted at72′

Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at71′

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kasey Palmer.

Posted at69′

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

Substitution

Posted at67′

Substitution, Derby County. Matej Vydra replaces Ikechi Anya.

Substitution

Posted at67′

Substitution, Derby County. Kasey Palmer replaces Tom Lawrence.

Goal!

Posted at66′

Goal! Fulham 2, Derby County 0. Denis Odoi (Fulham) header from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross following a corner.

Posted at65′

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Posted at65′

Attempt blocked. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.


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