Tom Cairney believes Fulham’s performance over two legs, and throughout the season, warrants their spot at Wembley.
The Whites overturned a 1-0 deficit against Derby County to secure a place in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final – something that is entirely justified according to our Club Captain.
“I was more emotional than I thought I’d be, but it’s only what we deserve,” he told fulhamfc.com. “I said after the Semi-Final last year that it was the worst feeling I’ve ever had on a football pitch, and after the First Leg on Friday I just didn’t want to feel like that again.
“It’s been a two-year project and, to a man, I thought we were exceptional. In my eyes I thought we played really well First Leg even though we got beat.
“But all I was hearing was negative things going into the game – ‘Fulham have never won a Play-Off, the wheels are falling off,’ etcetera. No, not with this team, not the way we play.
“We’ve got to Wembley and I think that’s only what the Club deserves, what this team deserves. Nobody understands what goes into a Championship season, from pre-season onwards for 10 months, and moments like this really make it worthwhile.
“I’m just delighted for everyone at the Club, the backroom staff, the people who cook our meals, the people who clean up, it’s a massive team effort. We’ve got one more game, and we’ll be fighting on behalf of everyone.
“We haven’t won anything at the end of the day, so we need to go into the Final and give it all we’ve got.”
Craven Cottage was rocking from start to finish on Monday night, and Cairney insisted that support gave his side an extra push.
“That’s the best I’ve ever heard the Cottage,” he admitted. “It’s the loudest it’s been, and that was from the get-go.
“You don’t understand how much you need them, especially when the opposition are on top or you need that extra bit of legs, and they definitely played their part, so thank you.”