The side who finished sixth in the Championship have not won promotion through the play-offs since Blackpool managed it in 2010. Derby County have spent the intervening years finding new and more elaborate ways not to go up, but they took a big step towards the final with a 1-0 win over Fulham in the first leg of their semi.
It was a solid performance from Derby, defending Cameron Jerome’s first-half header as if the very future of the club depended on it. They played the second half as if they were the away team, defending superbly as Fulham tried again and again to break their resolve, to no avail.
Written by Nick Miller at the iPro Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/11/derby-county-fulham-championship-play-off-match-report under the title “Cameron Jerome header gives Derby slender advantage over Fulham”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.