Tuesday 16 May 2017, 7:45pm at Madejski Stadium, Reading
Reading
Reading
1
Kermorgant (pen) 49'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

49' Penalty

Yann Kermorgant

51' Yellow Card

Yann Kermorgant Card was given for a foul

52' Yellow Card

Liam Moore Card was given for a foul

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Garath McCleary
Off:Tyler Blackett

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Kelly
Off:John Swift

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joseph Mendes
Off:Yann Kermorgant

38' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

58' Yellow Card

Stefan Johansen Card was given for a foul

65' Yellow Card

Scott Malone

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Sessegnon
Off:Floyd Ayité

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas Piazon
Off:Neeskens Kebano

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Martin
Off:Scott Malone

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Fulham's Play-Off dream ended in heartbreak as Yann Kermorgant's penalty earned Reading a 2-1 aggregate win.

Yann Kermorgant’s penalty earned Reading a 1-0 win and broke Fulham hearts at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening, denying the Whites a place at Wembley for only the second time in our history.

With the Play-Off Semi-Final evenly poised after the first leg, one goal was enough to win it in the second, and it came from 12 yards after Tomas Kalas was penalised for handball.

Fulham would have been good value to take the game to extra-time but found home goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi in inspired form, as he kept out Tom Cairney in the first half, and then did even better to deny Kevin McDonald as we chased the game.

It was a horrible end to the Play-Off adventure, but the fans should be proud of their side who never betrayed their values and played the game the right way from first whistle until last.

Slaviša Jokanović made a solitary change to his first leg team, bringing in Neeskens Kebano for Chris Martin, who dropped to the bench.

Considering what was at stake it was littler surprise that there was a nervy start to proceedings, but each side defending well when the other attacked them in the opening stages.

Kermorgant was presented with a sight of goal in the 13th minute, doing brilliantly to swivel and strike a firm shot low towards to the corner of the goal. It looked for all the world like the opener until Bettinelli pulled off a quite superb reflex stop to push it round the post.

Fulham responded five minutes later when Ryan Fredericks burst beyond three challenges before letting fly on his left foot, but Ali Al Habsi got down well to keep it out at his near post.

The Whites thought they’d gone in front in the 28th minute when Tom Cairney bent in a sumptuous free-kick that was clawed away by Al Habsi, who recovered quickly to smother the follow-up from Sone Aluko.

The visitors had really taken control of the game but Reading weren’t without their threat, although Lewis Grabban’s tame hit in the 33rd minute was simple for Bettinelli.

A lovely Fulham move then saw Kebano cut the ball back to Aluko, but he lost he footing and spooned his shot straight up into the air for Al Habsi to claim.

Kevin McDonald was shown the game’s first card in the 38th minute as he contested a high ball with Danny Williams.

A quick Royals break at the start of the second half had Fulham hearts in mouths when Kermorgant’s cross expertly picked out Grabban, but his flick towards goal was caught by Bettinelli down to his right.

But the breakthrough then did arrive was Kalas was deemed to have played the ball with his hand in the box. Kermorgant took spot-kick duties and buried it into the bottom left hand corner beyond Bettinelli who guessed right but stood no chance.

It could have been worse when Grabban broke into the area moments later, but his fierce drive was beaten away by Bettinelli.

Kermorgant then found himself booked for a poor challenge on Stefan Johansen, and he was soon joined by Liam Moore for a nasty lunge on Aluko.

Fulham then had an almighty let off when Gunter’s fizzed cross picked out John Swift with the goal gaping, but he somehow sent it back the way it came to the grateful Bettinelli.

The Whites countered afterwards and Aluko showed some neat footwork in the box which allowed him to square to Floyd Ayité, but he was crowded out before he could convert.

Jokanović made a double change in the 57th minute, as Ayité and Kebano departed for Ryan Sessegnon and Lucas Piazon.

Johansen was then yellow card for a little kick out at Williams who was galloped through the Fulham half. In the aftermath of the free-kick Williams caught a shot nicely from long range, but Bettinelli watched it all the way to make the save.

Piazon almost levelled against his former loan side when Fredericks picked him out well, but his first time effort deflected off a hooped shirt and behind.

Malone was then booked for protesting a decision that went against him, before Reading brought Garath McCleary on for Tyler Blackett.

A looped ball over the top from Aluko released Sessegnon midway through the second period, but the youngster could never really get it properly under his control and his shot was simply saved by Al Habsi.

Piazon was then denied a clear penalty was he was wrestled to the ground by Joey Van Den Berg in the area, but bizarrely referee Martin Atkinson waved the appeals away.

A slick move 73 minutes in ended with the ball worked to Aluko in the right hand side of the box. He cut it back onto his left foot but fired over the target.

Martin then entered the action for Malone in an attacking roll of the dice, before Reading made their second change in replacing Swift with Liam Kelly.

McDonald was almost already celebrating when got a great connection on Aluko’s pull-back, but Al Habsi denied him with a remarkable tip over the bar. Aluko’s skill in the build-up was breathtaking, leaving his marker for dead with a pirouette.

More good play by Aluko then resulted in him teeing up Martin, but he couldn’t turn quickly enough and Al Habsi smothered the ball at his feet.

With time running out, the Royals brought on Joseph Mendes for Kermorgant.

In keeping with their behaviour in the first leg, Reading had time wasted throughout and were perhaps fortunate that only five minutes were added on at the end.

Fulham won a couple of corners in that time, for which Bettinelli went up, and went close after one when Martin rose highest to a Johansen cross, only to glance his header wide.

And with that Fulham’s season, which featured so many highs, came to an end.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final

Date: Tuesday 16 May 2017
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 22,044

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Reading

Line-up: Al Habsi; Ilori, Moore, van den Berg; Gunter, Evans, Williams, Blackett (McCleary 66'); Swift (Liam Kelly 75'); Kermorgant (Mendes 89'), Grabban

Unused substitutes: Jaakkola, Gravenberch, Beerens, Popa

Manager: Jaap Stam

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone (Martin 73'); Cairney, McDonald, Johansen; Kebano (Lucas Piazon 58'), Sone Aluko, Floyd Ayité (Ryan Sessegnon 58')

Unused substitutes: Button, Odoi, Parker, Cyriac

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Goals
1
0
Total Shots
12
19
Shots On Target
7
6
Passing Accuracy
75%
83%
Fouls
10
11
Corners
3
16
Offsides
3
3
Bookings
2
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Reading (3-4-1-2)
  • 26Ali Al Habsi
  • 20Tiago Ilori
  • 16Liam Moore
  • 4Joey van den Berg
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 6George Evans
  • 23Danny Williams
  • 24Tyler Blackett
  • 8John Swift
  • 18Yann Kermorgant
  • 50Lewis Grabban
Substitutes
  • 31Anssi Jaakkola
  • 28Danzell Gravenberch
  • 7Roy Beerens
  • 12Garath McCleary
  • 25Adrian Popa
  • 38Liam Kelly
  • 9Joseph Mendes
Manager
  • Jaap Stam
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 9Cyriac
  • 25Chris Martin
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Reading 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Reading 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+4' Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a corner.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Garath McCleary.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 89' Substitution, Reading. Joseph Mendes replaces Yann Kermorgant.
  • 88' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Piazon with a cross following a corner.
  • 88' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Garath McCleary.
  • 84' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Garath McCleary.
  • 80' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 80' George Evans (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 79' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 79' Delay in match Ali Al Habsi (Reading) because of an injury.
  • 78' Foul by Chris Martin (Fulham).
  • 78' Ali Al Habsi (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.
  • 77' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 77' Attempt saved. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 75' Substitution, Reading. Liam Kelly replaces John Swift.
  • 74' Attempt blocked. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 74' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Swift.
  • 74' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 74' Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).
  • 73' Substitution, Fulham. Chris Martin replaces Scott Malone.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 71' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Garath McCleary.
  • 69' Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a fast break.
  • 67' Attempt saved. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 66' Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Tyler Blackett.
  • 65' Scott Malone (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 64' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 64' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.
  • 63' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 61' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.
  • 61' Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Moore.
  • 59' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).
  • 59' Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 58' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 58' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 58' Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 58' Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Neeskens Kebano.
  • 58' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Floyd Ayité.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Tim Ream (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Floyd Ayité with a cross following a corner.
  • 56' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Williams.
  • 56' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 56' Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.
  • 54' Offside, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.
  • 53' Offside, Fulham. Scott Malone tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 52' Liam Moore (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 52' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).
  • 51' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 51' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).
  • 51' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Williams.
  • 49' Goal! Reading 1, Fulham 0. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 48' Penalty conceded by Tomas Kalas (Fulham) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
  • 47' Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift.
  • 47' Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).
  • 47' Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 47' Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a cross.
  • Second Half begins Reading 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Reading 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.
  • 45'+1' Foul by John Swift (Reading).
  • 45'+1' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 44' Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift.
  • 42' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Scott Malone.
  • 39' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 39' Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).
  • 38' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 38' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 38' Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 38' Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.
  • 35' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 35' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 33' Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tyler Blackett with a cross.
  • 31' Offside, Reading. Ali Al Habsi tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.
  • 31' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a corner.
  • 30' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.
  • 29' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 29' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Swift.
  • 28' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 28' Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 28' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 27' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 27' Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).
  • 26' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).
  • 22' Attempt saved. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 18' Attempt saved. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 15' Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 15' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 15' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).
  • 15' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 14' Offside, Reading. Joey van den Berg tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
  • 13' Attempt blocked. Liam Moore (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 13' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 13' Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.
  • 12' Foul by John Swift (Reading).
  • 12' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.
  • 9' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Swift.
  • 6' George Evans (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 6' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 3' Offside, Reading. John Swift tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
  • 3' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Floyd Ayité.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.