Gary Rowett says Derby lacked composure in play-off defeat to Fulham

  • Gary Rowett says Derby lacked composure in play-off defeat to Fulham

Gary Rowett says Derby lacked composure in play-off defeat to Fulham

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 attacked from the outset but Derby keeper Scott Carson frustrated them throughout the first half with a series of fine saves.

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

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.

Craig Bryson's challenge on Mitrovic just before the break had the Serb demanding a penalty but his appeal was waved away by referee Chris Kavanagh.

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

"Many times we have been close to brilliant, tonight we were close to ideal". But well done to the boys.

"Last season at Reading, the fans were brilliant cheering us on, so we'll need the same". He plays football and enjoys every moment. If you keep giving the ball back to Fulham, they are very good at keeping it and I think they handled the leg much better than us in terms of their composure on the ball and their ability to move the ball around and be patient. I like to play my normal game and I don't let other people bother me.

A sole goal from Cameron Jerome was enough to give Derby a one goal advantage going in to tonight's game, and the goalkeeper is hoping the fas can give the team an extra push and become the Cottagers twelfth man.