Fulham into Championship play-off final


After a disappointing display in the first leg at Pride Park on Friday, Fulham - beaten by Reading at the same stage last season - were much more of a threat in the return.

Teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon scored once and created another as Fulham edged closer to a Premier League return Monday with a 2-0 win over Derby County in their Championship playoff.

After Cameron Jerome's striker had sent them into the second leg with a slender 1-0 advantage, the Rams approached the tie in a buoyant mood but they were kept in the game by a series of saves from goalkeeper Scott Carson in the first half.

Indeed, he netted against Derby in Fulham's 2-1 win at the iPro Stadium back in March and was an integral part of his side's 23-match unbeaten run that ended on the final day of the season.

But Slavisa Jokanovic's side finally got reward for the efforts two minutes after the interval when 17-year-old Sessegnon showed great composure to drive home a left-foot shot from inside the area.

Carson, though, could do nothing about Odoi's bullet header from Sessegnon's corner in the 66th minute, the Belgian defender rising above his marker to power it into the net.

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'Hopefully we'll get to the Premier League'.

"They outplayed us in the second-leg and they more than deserve to go through".

'(Scoring the first goal was) very special.

"If we look at the season as a whole, in some ways, numerous things that have disappointed us in the season have just cost us tonight". But for us, we've got to use that disappointment to look at things we need to do better. It changed the game and really put the pressure on them, then we got the second and won the game'. I must be satisfied what my team showed tonight.

He told RamsTV: "I can't be critical of the players, they have given everything".