Date published: Tuesday 4th August 2020 10:20
Joe Bryan curled home a quick-thinking free-kick and then added a second as Fulham beat Brentford 2-1 after extra time to win the play-off final and secure promotion to the Premier League.
In a tense game, Fulham enjoyed the better of the first half with Josh Onomah forcing David Raya into a smart low save.
Scott Parker’s side continued to push after the break with Neeskens Kebano curling a free-kick into the side-netting.
At the other end, a rare sight of goal for Ollie Watkins stung the gloves of Marek Rodak.
However, that was one of very few sightings on goal and it was no surprise to see a tight encounter go to extra time.
The Cottagers continued to push and eventually broke the deadlock through Bryan’s 30-yard free-kick.
With the Brentford defence and Raya expecting a delivery into the box, Bryan whipped a ferocious swerving effort round the wall and into the huge gap left in goal.
That opened up what had been a drab encounter. But that left spaces in the Bees defence and Bryan strode forward, played an excellent one-two and slotted a composed finish into the bottom corner to wrap the game up.
Brentford did get on the scoresheet with the last touch but there was hardly time to restart before the full-time whistle was blown.
Full report to follow…