Monday 14 May 2018, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Ryan Sessegnon 47'; Odoi 66'
Derby County
0

47' Goal

Ryan Sessegnon
Assist by Stefan Johansen

66' Goal

Denis Odoi
Assist by Ryan Sessegnon

62' Yellow Card

Stefan Johansen Card was given for a foul

74' Yellow Card

Aboubakar Kamara

78' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card shown to player for time wasting

90'+4 Yellow Card

Marcus Bettinelli Card shown to player for time wasting

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomas Kalas
Off:Matt Targett

90'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Oliver Norwood
Off:Tom Cairney

77' Yellow Card

Tom Huddlestone Card was given for a foul

79' Yellow Card

Kasey Palmer Card was given for arguing during match

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matej Vydra
Off:Ikechi Anya

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kasey Palmer
Off:Tom Lawrence

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Nugent
Off:Cameron Jerome

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Ryan Sessegnon and Denis Odoi goals saw Fulham secure a 2-1 aggregate win over Derby County to reach the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final.

Fulham secured a 2-0 win at Craven Cottage to overcome Derby County 2-1 on aggregate and reach the Final of the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs.

An inspired performance from Rams goalkeeper Scott Carson meant we went into the break level, but Ryan Sessegnon slammed home soon after the restart.

Denis Odoi then headed in a Sessegnon corner to send the Cottage into delirium.

The Whites professionally saw out the remainder of the match to book a first Wembley appearance since the 1975 FA Cup Final.

Slaviša Jokanović made just the one change to the side that were narrowly beaten three nights earlier, with Aboubakar Kamara replacing Floyd Ayité on the right of the forward line.

Backed by a vociferous home crowd, Fulham needed little more than 90 seconds to have the first effort on target of the game, albeit a shot from Tom Cairney that scarcely troubled Carson.

The Whites had a fine chance to level the tie in the eighth minute with a rapid counter attack following a Derby counter. Stefan Johansen and Kamara both did well, with the latter feeding Sessegnon on the edge of the box, but the youngster struggled to get the ball out from under his feet quickly and his shot was clawed away by Carson.

Fine forward play from Aleksandar Mitrović in the 20th minute saw him play a one-two with Sessegnon on the edge of the box, but the return pass was slightly behind him meaning his first time strike lacked conviction, as Carson made the save.

Five minutes later Mitrović was causing problems again, this time holding off Curtis Davies and laying the ball into Johansen, who lashed wide of the near post.

A combination of Derby’s constant time wasting and 10 men behind the ball was making it difficult for Fulham to fashion clear cut chances, with the visitors demonstrating the same defensive resolve that worked so well for them in the First Leg.

Mitrović was at the heart of our best openings, and 10 minutes before the interval he had Carson sprawling, but his low shot just went wide.

A minute later he was at it again, spinning away from Davies before curling in a left footer that just arced away from goal. It was centimetres from going in, and it got the home crowd going once again.

A stunning Marcus Bettinelli throw released Kamara on 41 minutes who skipped beyond two Rams defenders and slammed in a dipping shot that Carson couldn’t hold. Davies smashed it behind for a corner, which came to nothing.

Carson was the busiest player on the pitch and he produced an excellent reflex save to tip over Ryan Fredericks’ drive shortly before half-time.

The former England goalkeeper did even better seconds later. Mitrović looked for all the world as though he’d headed Matt Targett’s cross in, but Carson produced a save that was nothing short of world class to deny him.

Right at the end of the half Mitrović was convinced he should have had a penalty when he was hauled down by Craig Forsyth in the box, but the referee wasn’t interested.

Of late Fulham have been a different beast in the second half of matches, and we needed just two minutes after the restart to prove that again. Targett’s cross was beautifully cushioned down by Johansen to Sessegnon, who rifled it into the top corner, causing Craven Cottage to register on the Richter scale.

Derby could have provided an instant response when Tom Huddlestone picked out Ikechi Anya at the far post, but the wing-back made a poor connection with his head.

The goal had rattled the Rams and the Whites smelt blood. The pressure was unrelenting and on 54 minutes Kevin McDonald tried his luck with a left footer that deflected over. Following the subsequent corner, a teasing delivery from Cairney just evaded Mitrović.

Two minutes later there was a hairy moment when Bradley Johnson was able to outmuscle Odoi to work space for a shot, but the angle was against him and Bettinelli made himself big to repel the effort.

Davies will be having nightmares about Mitrović for weeks after this game, with the striker rolling his marker again on the hour mark, only to see his daisy cutter miss the far post by an inch.

The first card of the game arrived two minutes later when Johansen halted a Derby counter by clipping Cameron Jerome who was sprinting away on the halfway line.

Mitrović then got the better of Davies once again, but his strike was more wayward this time, flying over the bar.

On 66 minutes Kamara won a corner when his angled shot deflected behind, and Fulham made it two from the set-piece as Odoi expertly flicked Sessegnon’s delivery in via the far post.

Gary Rowett responded by making a double change, bringing on Matej Vydra and Kasey Palmer for Anya and Tom Lawrence.

Palmer was immediately lively, finding space at the byline on 71 minutes to dink over a cross, but Andreas Weimann could only head over.

Kamara then had a chance to make it three when he broke beyond the last man and chipped over the onrushing Carson. He then went down under minimal contact, and was subsequently booked for simulation.

Derby’s final switch then saw Jerome make way for David Nugent, just before Fulham made their first. Targett was the man withdrawn to make way for Tomas Kalas, who made up part of a back three as we switched to a wing-back formation.

Huddlestone was then carded for a lazy foul on Mitrović in the middle of the pitch, before McDonald also had his name taken for having a conversation with the away bench.

The next goal would be crucial and both teams wanted it, although Johansen’s bobbling hit on 79 minutes was easy for Carson.

His next go was much better, though, this time stinging the palms of the County number one from 20 yards.

Nugent’s first sniff of goal came in the 88th minute when Johnson slipped him a backheel, but he sliced way off target.

In the final minute of normal time Cairney was withdrawn for Oliver Norwood, with the skipper rousing the away fans as he made his way off the pitch.

Six minutes were then added on, much to the bemusement of the home fans.

Hearts were in mouths in the third of those when Vydra found space in the box, but thankfully his first time shot whistled wide.

Bettinelli was then booked for taking his time over the subsequent goal kick.

The crowd waited with baited breath for the referee to blow his whistle for the final time, but moments later the fans were not denied as he blew to send Fulham to Wembley for their first appearance since 1975.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final

Date: Monday 14 May 2018
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,529

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett (Kalas 76'); Cairney (Norwood 90'), McDonald, Johansen; Kamara, Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Button, Christie, Lucas Piazon, Rui Fonte, Ayité

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Derby County

Line-up: Carson; Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Wisdom, Huddlestone, Johnson, Anya (Vydra 67'); Lawrence (Palmer 67'), Weimann; Jerome (Nugent 75')

Unused substitutes: Roos, Pearce, Hanson, Ledley

Manager: Gary Rowett

Goals
2
0
Total Shots
20
14
Shots On Target
10
1
Passing Accuracy
83%
68%
Fouls
7
8
Corners
9
6
Offsides
1
1
Bookings
4
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 21Matt Targett
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
  • 32Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Derby County (3-4-2-1)
  • 1Scott Carson
  • 6Richard Keogh
  • 33Curtis Davies
  • 3Craig Forsyth
  • 14Andre Wisdom
  • 44Tom Huddlestone
  • 15Bradley Johnson
  • 8Ikechi Anya
  • 10Tom Lawrence
  • 19Andreas Weimann
  • 32Cameron Jerome
Substitutes
  • 21Kelle Roos
  • 16Alex Pearce
  • 7Kasey Palmer
  • 26Jamie Hanson
  • 36Joe Ledley
  • 23Matej Vydra
  • 28David Nugent
Manager
  • Gary Rowett
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Fulham 2, Derby County 0.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Derby County 0.
  • 90'+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.
  • 90'+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.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+4' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+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.
  • 90'+2' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).
  • 90'+1' Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 89' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Andreas Weimann (Derby County).
  • 88' Attempt missed. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.
  • 86' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).
  • 82' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.
  • 81' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 79' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 78' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 78' Kasey Palmer (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.
  • 77' Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 77' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).
  • 77' 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.
  • 77' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Tomas Kalas replaces Matt Targett.
  • 75' Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Cameron Jerome.
  • 74' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 74' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) has gone down, but that's a dive.
  • 73' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 72' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 72' Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 71' Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kasey Palmer.
  • 69' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 67' Substitution, Derby County. Matej Vydra replaces Ikechi Anya.
  • 67' Substitution, Derby County. Kasey Palmer replaces Tom Lawrence.
  • 66' Goal! Fulham 2, Derby County 0. Denis Odoi (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross following a corner.
  • 65' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.
  • 65' Attempt blocked. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 64' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 62' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 62' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 62' Cameron Jerome (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 60' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross following a corner.
  • 56' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 56' Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 53' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 53' Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 53' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 51' Delay in match Richard Keogh (Derby County) because of an injury.
  • 49' Attempt missed. Ikechi Anya (Derby County) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 47' Goal! Fulham 1, Derby County 0. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Derby County 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Derby County 0.
  • 45'+1' Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.
  • 44' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.
  • 43' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Scott Carson.
  • 43' Attempt saved. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.
  • 41' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Curtis Davies.
  • 41' Attempt saved. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 40' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 40' Cameron Jerome (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 39' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ikechi Anya.
  • 38' Attempt missed. Andre Wisdom (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ikechi Anya with a cross.
  • 36' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 34' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.
  • 30' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Foul by Cameron Jerome (Derby County).
  • 28' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 26' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 25' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 25' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 25' Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).
  • 22' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 22' Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).
  • 20' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 20' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 17' Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 15' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.
  • 14' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 14' Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 10' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 10' Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 9' Offside, Derby County. Tom Lawrence tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.
  • 8' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Scott Carson.
  • 8' Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 8' Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 7' Offside, Fulham. Marcus Bettinelli tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.
  • 7' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' Foul by Andreas Weimann (Derby County).
  • 3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Curtis Davies.
  • 2' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.