Fulham 2-0 Derby County Player Ratings: unbelievable Kamara

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Fulham have reached their first ever play-off final after a 2-1 aggregate semi-final victory over Derby County was completed by a 2-0 win on Monday night, thanks to goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Denis Odoi. Here’s our player ratings from the game.

The Whites

Marcus Bettinelli – brave from crosses when he needed to be but didn’t face a single shot on target in the first half and was even more of a spectator in the second. 6

Ryan Fredericks – made more of his trademark powerful runs than we saw in the first leg and was one of Fulham’s main attacking outlets after the break. He’ll surely be playing in the Premier League next season, regardless of the result at Wembley. 8
Denis Odoi – by no means the perfect centre-back, but it is hard to imagine Fulham sustaining attacks as well as they did tonight without his unerring control under pressure. Deserved his goal, in which he showed great determination to beat his man to head home at the near-post. 9
Tim Ream – endured one or two shaky moments but also made some impressive interceptions, especially during Derby’s attacks in the latter stages. 8
Matt Targett – at times in the first half, Fulham tried to get him involved too early. The left-back’s strengths, rather than starting up attacks with forward runs as Fredericks does, is delivering the final cross which we saw for Sessegnon’s goal. 7

Kevin McDonald – some crisp passes into Mitrovic in the first half. Guilty of being shaken off the ball on one or two occasions but largely a controlling influence. 8
Tom Cairney – collected the ball off the centre-backs in the first half hour, then grew in influence in more advanced areas as the game progressed. Brought the full-backs into play with his well-measured passes. 9
Stefan Johansen – got forward more freely than we normally see and as a result, had a hand in the goal, chesting the ball down for Sessegnon. 8

Aboubakar Kamara – made a real impact with his strong runs, which the team missed in the first leg. Set up a great chance for Sessegnon early on and was a constant threat, giving Fulham the pace and power that they simply don’t have when Piazon and Ayite are there. 10
Aleksandar Mitrovic – had more joy than he did in the first leg. Turned Davies for a rasping effort from outside the box that flew just wide forcing a fine save from Carson with a close-range header; although he didn’t manage a goal himself, he was the focal point of Fulham’s attacks. 9
Ryan Sessegnon – in the first half, Sessegnon very rarely touched the ball and when he did, he gave it away. And yet, as we saw for the equalizer moments into the second half, he has a habit of coming up with moments of pure composure when it matters most, that no other 17-year-old in world football can produce. 6

Tomas Kalas (on 76) – slotted in at centre-back with Odoi moving to left-back when Targett went off. 5
Oliver Norwood (on 90+1)

The Rams

Scott Carson – had a good first half, making an excellent close-range stop from Mitrovic’s header. Could not be blamed too much for either goal. 6

Richard Keogh – relatively solid in the first half, but guilty of letting Sessegnon get free for the equalizer. Exposed for a lack of pace on the break late on. 4
Curtis Davies – found it harder to contain Mitrovic than he did in the first leg and was often forced back, unable to make the kind of interceptions that had been key to Derby’s clean sheet last time out. 3
Craig Forsyth – made one or two last-ditch clearances in the first half but his lack of height was problematic at times, especially when asked to duel aerially with Mitrovic. 4

Andre Wisdom – the one player alert to stabilize an early Fulham counter-attack and tried to impose his physicality high up in the second half when Derby were chasing a game. Most of the Rams’ problems didn’t come down his side and thus shouldn’t be considered a main culprit for defeat. 5
Tom Huddlestone – one of his main qualities on paper is his passing range, but because Fulham had the ball for so long, that rarely came to the fore. It was clear to see that his tiring legs affected his positioning. 3
Bradley Johnson – a player with the athleticism he has should have imposed himself further up the pitch, but perhaps with Huddlestone so often dropping deeper he found it hard to do that convincingly. 4

Ikechi Anya – Rowett picked him at wing-back to combat the pace of Fredericks, but what he also lacked in comparison with his right-sided opponents was power. A naturally attack-minded player who looked a little outside his comfort zone defensively, a problem that was exposed in the second half. 3
Andreas Weimann – Rowett appears to like Weimann for his work rate and the tactical balance he provides, but the ex-Aston Villa man does not offer too much quality in possession and when the midfield was not following up on his pressing, there was not a great deal of point in it. 4

Tom Lawrence – showed flashes of what he can do with one dangerous cross in the first half, but he was a largely marginalized as an attacking entity. 5
Cameron Jerome – his work rate couldn’t be faulted but at 31, it was hard for him to sustain. Taken off on 75 minutes, meaning that he has only completed a full match on four occasions since November. 4

Kasey Palmer (on 67) – injected some fresh legs and pressed high up the pitch, threatening in flashes. 6
Matej Vydra (on 67) – suggestions that he could have been brought on earlier, but there are question marks about whether Rowett trusts him out of possession. 5
David Nugent (on 75) – didn’t stop running but alas, couldn’t gain as much possession as he might have hoped to due to Fulham’s control. 5