Fulham fans react to their Play-Off semi-final win over Derby County

Lynette Rowe
May 15, 2018

Gary Rowett insists his Derby side will take nothing for granted when they travel to Fulham for the second leg of their play-off semi-final at Craven Cottage.

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.

For Fulham - bidding to regain their Premier League status after a hiatus of four seasons - it is an historic moment as it was is the first time they have won in eight play-off matches.

"This club needs this kind of happiness", purred Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic to Sky Sports. "I've got to hand it to Fulham but at the end of the day, they've outplayed us". We showed more defensive concentration in the first leg, but in the second, we didn't do that.

"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".

"If we go 1-0 down, we need them to keep screaming and shouting for us and get us through this leg".

'(Scoring the first goal was) very special.

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

The Championship play-off final kicks off at 5pm at Wembley and then 7.45pm, the Champions League final kicks off in Kiev, between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

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

When asked how he deals with being in the spotlight and the pressure that is put on him, he added: 'I just try to play my own game.

There's a steely streak running through this Rams side, though, and we fancy them to do just about enough to get through to the big one.

"If we look at the season as a whole, in some ways, numerous things that have disappointed us in the season have just cost us tonight. You get tests in life and it's how you bounce back".

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