Fulham promoted to the Premier League as Joe Bryan’s extra-time double downs Brentford in Championship play-off last

Fulham are again within the Premier League having crushed Brentford 2-1 within the Championship play-off last at Wembley.

Joe Bryan was the unlikely match-winner for the Cottagers, scoring twice in extra-time to earn his aspect victory in soccer’s richest sport.

Fulham are again within the top-flight on the first try
Scott Parker masterminded Fulham’s promotion in his first full season in administration

In a tense and subdued west London derby, Scott Parker’s aspect created the higher probabilities, however had a horrible misjudgement by Bees goalkeeper David Raya to thank for the opener within the 105th minute.

Bryan’s set-piece from 35 yards beat Raya at his close to submit and, whereas there have been additional objectives within the second interval of extra-time, it was this error by Brentford’s Spanish keeper which proved essential.

The Craven Cottage membership will earn round £135million for bouncing again from relegation final season and this consequence additionally offers rookie boss Parker a primary success of his fledgling managerial profession.

Nevertheless it’s a devastating blow for Brentford, who narrowly missed out on automated promotion and had been among the many division’s excellent groups this season.

Bryan celebrates his opener at Wembley with the Fulham bench
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Bryan was the hero for Fulham

Parker had made a shock name earlier than kick-off, with Aleksandar Mitrovic solely named on the bench after a hamstring harm. It meant four-goal striker Aboubakar Kamara led the road for the Whites.

Fulham’s intentions have been evident from early on, with Brentford playmaker Stated Benrahma fouled twice throughout the opening eight minutes earlier than Bees goalkeeper Raya had a nervy second when he miscued his cross out from the again.

Whereas plenty of the pre-match focus had been on Thomas Frank’s potent strike pressure, Josh Onomah went closest within the opening exchanges for Fulham when he pressured a sensible save after 18 minutes following a neat piece of ability inside the world.

Not lengthy after the drinks break referee Martin Atkinson confirmed the primary yellow card to Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed, who was lucky it was solely a warning, with Christian Norgaard caught excessive on the ankle.

Given the monetary reward and the lure of top-flight soccer, it was predictably tense and remained goalless on the break.

Fulham got here near taking the lead shortly after the restart as Neeskens Kebano’s free-kick hit the side-netting.

Brentford striker Ollie Watkins then pressured Marek Rodak into his first significant save when he drilled at objective from 20 yards, however the goalkeeper parried over.

Parker responded with Anthony Knockaert and Mitrovic prepared and stripped, however solely the previous was launched and, in one other shock, the vigorous Kebano was changed.

Along with his fluorescent yellow bib again on, Fulham’s high goalscorer carried on his stretches earlier than he did enter the fray within the 91st minute, but he couldn’t cease extra-time being required, with cautions extra common than probabilities.

A second of magic or a mistake appeared the probably manner for the opener to reach now and within the 105th minute an enormous misjudgement by Raya proved expensive.

Norgaard was booked for a foul on Onomah and, though Mitrovic was additionally cautioned for throwing Marcondes to the ground earlier than the free-kick was taken, when it was the impasse was damaged by full-back Bryan.

Everybody anticipated the defender to supply a cross, however he curled a intelligent effort contained in the close to submit from 35 yards on the left-hand aspect to stun Brentford and particularly Raya. It sparked wild celebrations, which solely grew within the 117th minute.

Bryan acquired ahead once more and exchanged passes with Mitrovic earlier than he slotted dwelling for the primary brace of his profession.

Dalsgaard headed one again for Brentford within the fourth minute of stoppage time, however this was already Fulham’s night time.

Fulham sealed a direct return to the Premier League
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