Fulham end play-off hoodoo to reach Championship final

  • Fulham end play-off hoodoo to reach Championship final

Fulham end play-off hoodoo to reach Championship final

FULHAM took a step closer to ending their four-year Premier League exile as they booked their place in the Championship play-off final with victory over Derby at Craven Cottage last night.

Fulham, who have only lost twice since December 16, will now meet either Aston Villa or Middlesbrough at the national stadium on May 26 and are 90 minutes away from a first return to the Premier League since 2014.

Sessegnon scored the opener and delivered the corner for Denis Odoi's victor as Fulham overcame a 1-0 first leg deficit and earned themselves a first trip to Wembley in 43 years.

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

"For some reason tonight, we made lots and lots of wrong decisions, " he told Sky Sports.

"We need the fans on form on Monday, cheering us forward and giving everything they've got, and we'll be doing all we can to get the win for them". We showed more defensive concentration in the first leg, but in the second, we didn't do that.

"Odoi is unmarked, so it's incredibly disappointing and it means that we haven't done our jobs properly". But that's what these games do, they test you and you've got to show nerves of steel.

'(Scoring the first goal was) very special.

"Ultimately, our decision-making cost us tonight".

He added: "I've been here before in different ways".

"Fair play to Derby, they defended extremely well, but I think everyone could see we were by far the better team".

There's a steely streak running through this Rams side, though, and we fancy them to do just about enough to get through to the big one.