KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Danny Williams and Reading will head to Wembley Stadium as a second half penalty helped them to a win over Tim Ream and Fulham on Tuesday night.
Reading 1-0 Fulham (Reading win 2-1 on aggregate)
A penalty from Frenchman Yann Kermorgant was all Reading needed to book their place in the Championship promotion playoff final on Tuesday night as they knocked off Fulham at the Madejski Stadium.
Both Danny Williams and Tim Ream started for their respective teams in the game.
After a tight first leg at Craven Cottage which ended in a 1-1 tie, it looked the same was going to happen again until one mistake changed the outcome of the game for both teams.
Kermorgant was so close to scoring early in the game when he unleashed a strike from inside the area, but Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli would make a fine save. Ali Al Habsi was called into action at the other end as he made a save on an attempt by Tom Cairney. The Oman international's heroics continued in the first half as he made a brilliant double save off a Fulham free kick.
Things would take a turn in the second half when the referee blew his whistle for a penalty as Fulham defender Tomas Kalas handled the ball in the area. Kermorgant stepped up and put away the penalty to give the Royals a slim lead.
Reading had a couple of chances to extend their lead while Fulham pressed hard to find the equalizer, but in the end one goal was enough to help the Royals continue their march towards possible promotion to the Premier League.
They will now await the winner of the other semifinal between Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday as those two teams will play their second leg game on Wednesday.