Fulham will face Brentford in the final play-off round, as they look set to return to the English Premier League after been relegate a season ago.
It was tough game for the host Fulham, as they repel any fight-back from Cardiff City who won the game by 2-1. Cardiff City won the game at the craven Cottage, as goals from Curtis Nelson and Lee Tomlin was not enough to put them through into the next round. The man who scored in the first-leg of the encounter Neeskens Kebano equalized for Fulham minutes after Nelson’s headed opener.
But with a nervy second-half performance from teams both teams, Tomlins goal for Cardiff City was not enough for them.
It keeps Fulham’s chances of an immediate return to the Premier League alive while Cardiff’s attempts to secure promotion back at the first time of asking are over.
Brentford had earlier dispatched Swansea City earlier on Tuesday, as they fought back hard, to win the game 3-1. They lost the first-leg of the encounter 1-0 to Swansee who was once in the PL 4 seasons ago. Crucial game for Brentford who wants to make history.
Fulham have one the best scorer’s in the league, in Aleksandr Mitrovic, one factor that Brentford have to take-note of, ahead of the final showdown. Kebano, who had also netted a brilliant free-kick in injury time of the first leg to put Fulham seemingly in command of the tie, had appeared to dash Cardiff’s chances of a spirited comeback.
At the other end, Rodak still had to be alert to maintain the home side’s advantage when he first blocked a close-range effort from Robert Glatzel and then leapt back to his feet to tip over Vaulks’ long-range drive.
Just four and a half miles separate the two clubs (Fulham and Brentford), who finished fourth and third respectively in the regular season.
Their counter-attacking styles of play, which produced goals aplenty in the regular season, should make for an attractive final.
Fulham’s bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League has been boosted by a eight-game unbeaten run stretching into the play-offs, which at one stage gave them the chance to grab the second automatic promotion place at both West Brom and Brentford’s expense.