Fulham take a step closer to EPL promotion

Fulham take a step closer to EPL promotion

Fulham take a step closer to EPL promotion

In 2016-17, Reading defeated the west London side 2-1 on aggregate, but they are now one match away from a return to the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2014.

The striker, on loan from Wolves, has scored five goals in 24 appearances for Fulham this season.

They'll need every inch of the flair they showed in their latter-season promotion push to break down their visitors this evening, with young Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney set to bear the brunt of those responsibilities. It's a second leg and they've more than deserved to go through. "We've got nothing to lose, we're great going forward, so we're in a positive frame of mind going back to the Cottage". But that's what these games do, they test you and you've got to show nerves of steel.

"I have been asked many times about our trust and self-confidence". If you keep giving the ball back to Fulham, they are very good at keeping it and I think they handled the leg much better than us in terms of their composure on the ball and their ability to move the ball around and be patient.

"Ultimately, our decision-making cost us tonight".

Slavisa Jokanovic's side - beaten play-off semi-finalists last season - will play either Aston Villa or Middlesbrough in the final on Saturday, 26 May.

He added: "I've been here before in different ways".

And the Fulham boss said: "I'm not Santa Claus, I am a football coach, and I don't give any of my players presents". Tonight, we gave everything but it just wasn't quite enough.

"Many times we have been close to brilliant, tonight we were close to flawless".

Trailing 1-0 from the game at Pride Park, goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Denis Odoi put the hosts through.

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