Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Slavisa Jokanovic: Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon is a 'special' talent

Slavisa Jokanovic: Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon is a 'special' talent

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.

Derby produced a dogged defensive effort to keep Fulham at bay during the first leg and Monday's fixture followed a similar pattern, with the hosts enjoying 67 per cent of possession and managing 10 shots on target to the visitors' one.

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.

Fulham made their breakthrough just two minutes after the restart.

Sessegnon - who many are urging England manager Gareth Southgate to take to the World Cup finals this June - seized on Stefan Johansen's chest-down to fire the ball into the net past Scott Carson.

"After 43 years we will play at Wembley and it is an important achievement for us".

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara had chances to add further goals, as the Rams created little.

Derby will now spend an 11th-successive season in the second tier despite reaching the play-offs in three of the past five campaigns.

Denis Odoi then scored the crucial winning goal on 66 minutes when heading home from a corner. But for us, we've got to use that disappointment to look at things we need to do better.

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

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

"To get to half-time at 0-0, we felt that we had to step out a bit more and be more proactive". The second put pressure on them.

The teen is often centre of attention but said: 'I just try to play my own game. "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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