Draw Can Take Derby Past Fulham And On To Wembley


Gary Rowett felt Derby County were let down by a lack of composure at Craven Cottage on Monday night, but he believes that his side gave everything in defeat against Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final.

Having turned the tie in their favour Fulham looked for the goal that would have put it to bed and Kamara had the chance as he beat an on-rushing Carson to the ball, but instead of trying to score he shamelessly dived in an attempt to get the goalkeeper sent off and was the one who was shown a card.

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.

After a disappointing display in the first leg at Pride Park on Friday, Fulham - beaten by Reading at the same stage last season - were much more of a threat in the return.

Sessegnon scored the opener and delivered the corner for Denis Odoi's victor as Fulham overcame a 1-0 first leg deficit and earned themselves a first trip to Wembley in 43 years.

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A major setback arrived when Sessegnon struck just two minutes after the break, and Rowett was disappointed with the quality of both goals that his side conceded. We showed more defensive concentration in the first leg, but in the second, we didn't do that.

Aleksandar Mitrovic says that he was "so proud and so happy" after helping Fulham reach the Championship playoff final.

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

"We just need everyone behind us", Bettinelli said.

"Fair play to Derby, they defended extremely well, but I think everyone could see we were by far the better team".