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Ryan Sessegnon sends Fulham on way to Wembley

Ryan Sessegnon sends Fulham on way to Wembley

Ojo has been sidelined for the last six games because of an unspecified injury and failed to make Slavisa Jokanovic's squad for Friday night's 1-0 first-leg defeat.

Fulham, who have only lost twice since December 16, will now meet either Aston Villa or Middlesbrough at the national stadium on May 26 and are 90 minutes away from a first return to the Premier League since 2014.

However, the hosts - unbeaten at home since October - turned the screw ever tighter with Serbian worldwide Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara going close.

The 23-year-old has said that such occasions was "the reason he chose to join Fulham".

Teenager Sessegnon first fired into the top corner from close range, before Odoi flicked in a header from a corner.

The pressure finally paid off after 66 minutes when centre-back Odoi rose to brilliantly head Sessegnon's inswinging corner into the net.

He is one of the best 17-year-olds we have seen at this level for a long, long time'.

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Derby responded and sub Matej Vydra had a chance to get them back into the tie but sent his header over the bar as Fulham held on.

"This club needs this kind of happiness", said Jokanovic, "After 43 years we will play at Wembley and it is an important achievement for us". But well done to the boys.

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

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

He told RamsTV: "I can't be critical of the players, they have given everything".

"We know that we put ourselves in a very hard position with our form after Christmas, but had got ourselves into a good position with our form earlier in the season", he added. "We didn't do the same in the second leg but did but I think our composure let us down tonight".


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