Fulham are again within the Premier League having overwhelmed Brentford 2-1 within the Championship play-off ultimate 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 recreation.
In a tense and subdued west London derby, Scott Parker’s aspect created the higher possibilities, 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 publish 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 end result additionally provides rookie boss Parker a primary success of his fledgling managerial profession.
Nevertheless it’s a devastating blow for Brentford, who narrowly missed out on computerized promotion and had been among the many division’s excellent groups this season.
Parker had made a shock name earlier than kick-off, with Aleksandar Mitrovic solely named on the bench after a hamstring damage. It meant four-goal striker Aboubakar Kamara led the road for the Whites.
Fulham’s intentions had been evident from early on, with Brentford playmaker Mentioned Benrahma fouled twice throughout the opening eight minutes earlier than Bees goalkeeper Raya had a nervy second when he miscued his move out from the again.
Whereas quite a lot 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 compelled a sensible save after 18 minutes following a neat piece of ability inside the realm.
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.
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Brentford striker Ollie Watkins then compelled Marek Rodak into his first significant save when he drilled at aim 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.
Together 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 possibilities.
A second of magic or a mistake appeared the almost certainly 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 provide a cross, however he curled a intelligent effort contained in the close to publish from 35 yards on the left-hand aspect to stun Brentford and specifically Raya. It sparked wild celebrations, which solely grew within the 117th minute.
Bryan received ahead once more and exchanged passes with Mitrovic earlier than he slotted residence 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.