Man of the Match Result

Wednesday 16 May 2018 15:30

Denis Odoi’s tie-winning goal has seen him named Man of the Match from our Second Leg against Derby County.

After Ryan Sessegnon’s strike soon after the restart had levelled things up on aggregate, both sides knew that the next goal could send them to Wembley, and it was the unlikely figure of Odoi who came through.

The Whites haven’t been known from their dominance at corners this season, but this one was executed to perfection. Sessegnon’s delivery was inviting, and Odoi ghosted away from his marker before leaping and hanging in the air, flicking the ball beyond Scott Carson.

The former England goalkeeper had been in fine form all game, but he was rooted to the spot as Odoi’s perfectly weighted header flew beyond him and in off the far post.

The look of helpless despair on Carson's face mirrored that of Juventus stopper Antonio Chimenti when Clint Dempsey scored via the same upright in March 2010. And, like that goal, there was a moment of silence around the ground before complete eruption as what had just happened registered.

“I just jumped and put my head against it,” Odoi told fulhamfctv. “I didn’t even see it go in – I fell on the ground and then I heard people screaming, and I just started running! I had no idea where I was going!”

23.9 per cent of Fulham fans felt Odoi was worthy of Man of the Match, and it was a three-horse race for second, with less than one per cent separating Aleksandar Mitrović (17.6), Aboubakar Kamara (17) and Tim Ream (16.8).

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