Draw Can Take Derby Past Fulham And On To Wembley

Cameron Jerome celebrates after giving Derby the lead in Friday's first leg

Derby won the first leg 1-0.

After Cameron Jerome's striker had sent them into the second leg with a slender 1-0 advantage, the Rams approached the tie in a buoyant mood but they were kept in the game by a series of saves from goalkeeper Scott Carson in the first half.

The Serbian global, whose price has been enhanced from 17/20 (1.85), joined Fulham on loan in February and netted 12 times in just 17 league outings - making him his side's second-top scorer behind Ryan Sessegnon.

After a disappointing night at Pride Park on Friday, Fulham were desperate to wipe out their deficit as quickly as possible and they could not have wished for a better chance in only the eighth minute.

"After 43 years we will play at Wembley and it is an important achievement for us".

Derby will now spend an 11th-successive season in the second tier despite reaching the play-offs in three of the past five campaigns.

Carson then had to be alert to tip Aboubakar Kamara's effort over the bar before the keeper produced an incredible point-blank save to keep out Mitrovic's close-range header. Tonight, we gave everything but it just wasn't quite enough.

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"Many times we have been close to brilliant, tonight we were close to flawless".

'(Scoring the first goal was) very special.

And the Fulham boss said: "I'm not Santa Claus, I am a football coach, and I don't give any of my players presents".

"If we go 1-0 down, we need them to keep screaming and shouting for us and get us through this 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.

"I think our composure let us down tonight, we made far too many mistakes on the ball, we looked a bit edgy to be honest", he said.

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