Fulham end play-off hoodoo to reach Championship final

Fulham 2-0 Derby County (Agg 2-1)

Derby boast a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg last week.

They will meet Aston Villa or Middlesbrough, with Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak's goal in the first leg of their playoff giving the Villans the advantage before Tuesday's return leg.

The Cottagers came from behind to secure their place at Wembley thanks to second-half goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Denis Odoi.

Fulham will be making it to Wembley for the first time in 43 years, where the face the victor of the game between Aston Villa and Middlesborough.

The Cottagers showcased their attacking speed as they broke from a Derby corner with Aboubakar Kamara squaring for Sessegnon but the 17-year-old first touch was not great and his shot was too close to Scott Carson, who palmed behind for a corner.

"We deserve this victory and a chance to reach the Premier League".

The pressure finally paid off after 66 minutes when centre-back Odoi rose to brilliantly head Sessegnon's inswinging corner into the net.

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However, the hosts - unbeaten at home since October - turned the screw ever tighter with Serbian worldwide Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara going close.

That's good enough for us, then, and we'll make that our sole position tonight and hope things stay tight at the Cottage on a balmy night in London.

"They were two very, very poor goals for us to give away".

Sessegnon said afterwards: 'We pushed and pushed and should have scored early in the first half.

"To get to half-time at 0-0, we felt that we had to step out a bit more and be more proactive".

The Rams would have wanted to put up more of a fight and they are condemned to an 11th successive season in the second tier. I think you take stock of it; at the moment you are disappointed and Fulham are ecstatic because they are through to Wembley.

'I just get my head down and work hard for the team'.

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