Fulham end play-off hoodoo to reach Championship final

Cameron Jerome scored his fifth goal in four games to give Derby a first-leg lead

Sessegnon scored the opener and delivered the corner for Denis Odoi's victor as Fulham overcame a 1-0 first leg deficit and earned themselves a first trip to Wembley in 43 years.

"They outplayed us in the second-leg and they more than deserve to go through".

Derby have now missed out in the playoffs three times in the past five seasons.

"Last season at Reading, the fans were brilliant cheering us on, so we'll need the same". He is an important part of my team and has done a great job for us. But that's what these games do, they test you and you've got to show nerves of steel. We didn't make those mistakes in the first leg; we were very defensively concentrated in the first leg.

"We know that we put ourselves in a very hard position with our form after Christmas, but had got ourselves into a good position with our form earlier in the season", he added.

Fulham will face either Aston Villa or Middlesbrough in the Championship playoff final on May 26.

And Rowett says the club will look at recruitment in certain areas in the summer to ensure the club bounce back at the next possible attempt.

The hosts' efforts to wrap things up in normal time saw Mitrovic let fly from distance before Kamara flashed a shot just wide of the post.

"A draw will take us through, but I don't think that you can play for a draw".

"It's awful at the moment and it's not nice to lose that type of game particularly being 1-0 up, but it's like anything".

There's a steely streak running through this Rams side, though, and we fancy them to do just about enough to get through to the big one. "You get tests in life and it's how you bounce back".