Fulham into Championship play-off final

Doug Mendoza
May 15, 2018

Derby produced a dogged defensive effort to keep Fulham at bay during the first leg and Monday's fixture followed a similar pattern, with the hosts enjoying 67 per cent of possession and managing 10 shots on target to the visitors' one.

Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham.

Slavisa Jokanovic insisted Denis Odoi deserved to be Fulham's hero after the defender's header took them to a Wembley play-off final.

Fulham attacked from the outset but Derby keeper Scott Carson frustrated them throughout the first half with a series of fine saves.

The Serbian worldwide, whose price has been enhanced from 17/20 (1.85), joined Fulham on loan in February and netted 12 times in just 17 league outings - making him his side's second-top scorer behind Ryan Sessegnon.

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.

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"We just need everyone behind us", Bettinelli said. "The players showed great belief and confidence and it is credit to my players", he said.

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.

"When we had the chance to pass the ball, we didn't pass it well enough and we made far too many mistakes on the ball - we looked a little bit edgy if I'm being honest".

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