This is not a drill, I repeat this is not a drill, Fulham have made the playoff final! After 17 years without winning a playoff game they have finally succeeded. Fulham, who haven’t visited Wembley since 1975, achieved this feat after a 2-0 win over Derby in the second leg of the playoff semi-final.
Fulham were on top through out the first half with Mitrovic and others failing to take opportunities. This stood out especially in the 43rd minute when the rapid Ryan Fredricks broke through the shaky Derby defence and had a well placed shot tipped over the bar by a sprawling Derby keeper. Another opportunity was squandered just one minute later. A sublime cross from the Southampton loanee Matt Targett, only for Mitrovic’s powerful header to be directly at Scott Carson, the Derby shot stopper.
The second half began and immediately Fulham continued this good form. Then in the 47th minute the ball fell at the back post to who else but the teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon!! Should he go to the World Cup? Comment your thoughts. He chested the ball down and took it with ease blasting it over the head of Scott Carson. Fulham doubled their lead in the 66th minute from a corner. The corner was swung in and one of the shortest men on the pitch, Odoi, rose up with a glacing header into the far corner. Leaving Scott Carson routed to the spot. Derby then went on the attack with Casey Palmer showing some good skill to be the biggest threat for Derby County. But they were not able to break through the solid Fulham back line!
That is how the oldest team in London reached the playoff final.