Win for Reading in the promotion playoffs

17 May, 2017, 12:43 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Fulham's Tom Cairney celebrates after the match

Then a minute later, Kermorgant was again the central figure when he close attention hurried Tomas Kalas, forcing the defender to make contact with the ball with his hand.

Danny Williams's Reading got the better of Tim Ream's Fulham advancing in the Championship playoffs 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

The Owls, who lost to Hull in last year's play-off final, take on Huddersfield in the Championship semi-final, second leg tomorrow.

Between the pair of them, FIFTEEN of 25 spot-kicks had been missed - with Fulham boasting nine from 13 and Reading fluffing half of their 12.

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.

However, Reading were clinging on for the final 20 minutes, with Al Habsi pulling off a stunning save to tip Kevin McDonald's shot over the crossbar and ensure it will be Jaap Stam and the Royals running out at Wembley at the end of the month.

Gunter fizzes a ball across the face of goal to leave Swift with a simple tap-in from a few yards out. but he sends it straight into the arms of the Fulham goalkeeper. We played very well in the first half in general, going forward and on the ball as well at times.

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Reading boss Jaap Stam: "We trained on penalties yesterday and Yann was the only one who scored!"

"Macca has been fantastic since he came to Reading as skipper, he has the respect of the players and the fans".

"It's very disappointing this result", he said.

"We had to play many games without him this season through injury but it is unfortunate as he played so well in the first 80 minutes on Saturday".

"Ali has been great throughout the whole season", Stam added. We were so happy to see him back as skipper after his injuries, he is important for the team.

The team that finished sixth in the Championship has won promotion via the play-offs just once in the last 11 seasons - Blackpool in 2009/10. They scored one goal, that's it - it's a unusual situation.

"We know what we need for the summer and we want to be candidates for promotion next season".

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