Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic says all of his team’s achievements this season will count for nothing if they do not win the Championship play-off final.
They booked their first trip to Wembley in 43 years by getting the better of Derby in the second leg of their play-off semi-final.
Trailing 1-0 from the reverse fixture at Pride Park, the west Londoners dominated proceedings and ran out 2-0 winners, Ryan Sessegnon opening the scoring before the teenager set up Denis Odoi for the winner.
Jokanovic was full of praise for Sessegnon after the match, the England Under-21 international once again proving to be the difference for Fulham as they moved a step closer to the Premier League.
“He’s focused and concentrated on improving himself, he’s shown a great level of self-belief and he’s clinical when the ball arrives to him in the box,” said Jokanovic. “He wants to be top-level and push himself and I’m sure he’ll be at that level soon.”
Having narrowly missed out on automatic promotion from the Championship on the final day of the season, Fulham are 4/6 to go up having moved to within one game away from ending a four-year stint in the second tier.
The Cottagers have been the form team in the Championship during the second half of the season, going 23 games unbeaten to put themselves in the frame for promotion.
However, Jokanovic says all their previous achievements this term will be forgotten if they fail to win the play-off final on 26th May.
“We’ve beaten many records this year and we’re really proud and happy, but we know it’s not enough yet just to take the fans to Wembley,” he said. “We need to start working for this game because the whole season will depend on it.
“It’s important we show enough quality and confidence to win the game, but for now we’ll clear our minds and rest our bodies to prepare.”
Fulham will face the winners of Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Wembley with the second leg of their play-off semi-final taking place on Tuesday.
The Villians, who lead 1-0 from the first leg, are 13/10 to win at Villa Park with Middlesbrough 5/2 and the draw 9/4.
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