Reading reach Championship Play-Off final as Fulham's season ends

Reading vs Fulham

Reading vs Fulham

Stam had been forced to shuffle his pack after skipper Paul McShane was sent off in the first leg and scorer Jordan Obita crocked.

Reading manager Jaap Stam was elated with the Royals 1-0 playoff victory over Fulham on Tuesday night.

It was a tough one. In the second half, we started well. This is the best chance we have had for a few years to go up - hopefully we can do it. "We are talking about our most important players - they are going to stay with us", the Fulham manager was quoted as saying by Get West London. "We dominated them, took risks and created many things".

The Manchester United legend revealed that he'd always maintained confidence in the veteran Frenchman Kermorgant, despite his infamous paneka blunder in the 2010 playoff final: "We trained on penalties yesterday and Yann was the only one who scored!"

Straight after the goal we did that for several minutes.

"It's very disappointing this result", he said. Kermorgant confidently stepped up and found the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to Reading putting them 2-1 ahead in the tie.

And when sub Chris Martin headed wide in six minutes of injury time, Slavisa Jokanovic knew the game was up as Stam's men, Kermorgant and a pitch-invading crowd prepared for a right Royals knees-up at Wembley.

You need to fight with everything that you have.

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There was a sense Fulham might come to regret their failure to add a more effective cutting edge to their neat approach play that was quickly reinforced at the start of the second half. When we were ahead against good sides we needed to hold on to get that win.

Tom Cairney had his free-kick superbly saved by Ali Al-Habsi in the first-half. Their success marks a remarkable turnaround under Stam while for Fulham there was only a lingering feeling of what might have been had they made more of the chances that came their way.

"I was battling with the defender to try and put him under pressure".

"That's why I was hoping it would be over in 90 minutes".

With all the players you try to make it hard, try to train on penalty kicks but you never get close to the ambience in the stadium, the crowd to get the exact same moments from the stadium when you take it in the training ground.

"The players are very happy with him because Ali is a keeper with great reflexes - it was a terrific game for him". I've been there with my career of course when I was a player. The Royals were second best throughout both legs, but showed the characteristics of a winning team by containing their opponents and showing a clinical touch in attack, as well as benefiting from old Lady Luck. A lot of attention on that game, stress on that game maybe and nerves to control as well. He's not ruled out yet. The doctors have had a look at his ankle.

"We didn't want to get to that, we wanted to get the win before". We did that tonight and also took some risks as well.

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