Fulham made an instantaneous return to the Premier League on Tuesday, beating Brentford 2-1 at Wembley in what’s considered probably the most profitable sport in world soccer. Defender Joe Bryan was the unlikely hero for Scott Parker’s aspect within the Championship play-off closing, scoring two objectives in additional time after the London golf equipment had been locked at 0-Zero on the finish of a cagey 90 minutes.
Henrik Dalsgaard scored a late comfort for Brentford nevertheless it was too little too late for Thomas Frank’s staff, who haven’t performed within the English top-flight for 73 years.
The Craven Cottage membership will earn round £135 million ($176 million) for bouncing again from relegation final season and this end result additionally provides rookie boss Parker a primary success of his fledgling managerial profession.
“We’ve done what we’ve done tonight, but there’s still improvement, and that’s what makes me so proud and happy,” Parker advised Sky Sports.
“For all of the good players and everything you see, what makes me so happy I see a group of players who only a year ago were struggling psychologically, didn’t have a mindset or mentality.
“I’ve pushed this staff each single day and what makes me proud is I stood on the touchline tonight and have seen a staff that represents what I’ve been saying during the last 12 months.”
Left-back Bryan broke the deadlock for Fulham in the 105th minute when he made the most of a costly misjudgement by Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.
While Raya and everyone else expected a cross from a free-kick 35 yards out, Bryan beat the goalkeeper at his near post to break the deadlock.
The goal sparked wild celebrations, which only grew in the 117th minute when Bryan got forward again and exchanged passes with substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic before finding the net again.
Promotion was confirmed for Fulham but only after Henrik Dalsgaard had pulled one back for Brentford with seconds to go, heading home after Christian Norgaard had knocked a free-kick across the face of goal.
Brentford, who beat Fulham twice in the league this season, finished third in the Championship table, ahead of their London rivals on goal difference.
The result is a bitter blow for Brentford, who were on the brink of automatic promotion last month before successive defeats against lowly Stoke and Barnsley forced them to settle for a third-place finish behind Leeds and West Brom.
“Of course it is powerful whenever you lose a closing like this in a really tight sport however I’m extraordinarily pleased with my gamers,” said Frank.
“We have gone from a mid-table membership to a staff who, within the league desk, was the third-best staff. We are very tremendous margins away from the Premier League, which is an unbelievable achievement from us.”
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