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Fulham and Reading fans brace themselves for dramatic play-off

Fulham and Reading fans brace themselves for dramatic play-off

Fulham and Reading fans brace themselves for dramatic play-off

The first half was played at a surprisingly hectic pace.

Slavisa Jokanovic's side fell behind to Jordan Obita's strike early in the second half at Craven Cottage.

However, Royals boss Stam has Joey van den Berg fit-again for selection after his recent spell on the sidelines.

Away goals count for nothing extra in the Championship playoffs, so if the aggregate score is tied after 90 minutes and extra time on Tuesday, May 16, there will be a penalty shoot-out to decide which team advances to the final and a shot at promotion to the Premier League.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney is confident that the Whites will finish the job and reach Wembley for the play-off final having drawn their play-off semi-final first leg 1-1 with Reading, as reports Get West London.

McShane was rightfully shown a straight red for the despicable challenge, ruling out a vital part of Reading's defence for the second leg. "We can win a game without Paul McShane".

It was Reading, however, who went ahead early in the first half, as Jordan Obita fired past Marcus Bettinelli from a almost impossible angle, smashing the inside of the far post for 1-0 in the 53rd minute.

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Fulham have never scored more than one goal in a play-off match. McShane won a tackle on the half-way line - cleanly despite the home fans' objections - and made ground through midfield before finding Obita out on the left. The man advantage just about paid of for Fulham in the fifth minute of stoppage time, but Ryan Fredericks' angled effort flashed across the face of goal and just wide of the far post.

"But I believe we will show our personality as a team in the return leg".

"We can not be completely satisfied with what happens in the game", he told reporters.

"Everyone's excited for the second leg, but there's still a game to play against a very good side, even though you've got home advantage".

But the tide turned with a much-needed equaliser for the hosts on 65 minutes - Cairney nodding in his 13th goal of the campaign from close range after Reading stopper Ali Al Habsi had spilled a low cross-shot from Scott Malone. We had many chances but we were not clinical enough. "We will push hard on Tuesday night and I expect something similar".

Reading did get the better of Fulham in this fixture back in January as they came out 1-0 winners at The Madejski Stadium.

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