Fulham will face Brentford in the Championship play-off decider at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening next. The ‘Cottagers’, holding a two nil lead from the first leg, secured their passage to Wembley despite a two one defeat by Cardiff City at Craven Cottage this Thursday evening. The visiting ‘Bluebirds’ took an early lead but the hosts equalised within a matter of seconds and despite conceding another goal immediately following the second half restart held out to book their Wembley place. Cyrus Christie was again in the home starting eleven and mixed some fine moments with the occasional lapse, but overall came out on the credit side.
Brentford are through to the Championship play-off Final following their three one second leg victory over Swansea City at Griffin Park this Wednesday evening for an aggregate three two success. In what was quite an entertaining encounter the hosts, playing their final match at Griffin Park, scored two early goals to overturn their first leg deficit and then added a third in the first minute of the second half to consolidate their advantage. The visiting ‘Swans’ did not capitulate however and pulled one goal back on 78 minutes but they could not find the equaliser which would have led to extra-time.
The first leg of the first Championship semi-final play-off took place this Sunday evening with hosts Swansea City who finished sixth defeating visitors Brentford, who finished third, by one goal to nil. The second leg is set for Griffin Park, the final fixture at the ground, on Wednesday evening.
The first leg of the second semi-final between fifth place Cardiff City and fourth place Fulham was played in the Cardiff City Stadium this Monday evening with the visitors securing a two nil victory to take in to the second leg at Craven Cottage on Thursday evening next. Cyrus Christie started for Fulham this evening and after a shaky start he had a much improved second half.