Fulham Beat Brentford, Secure Promotion Back To Premier League

Fulham Beat Brentford, Secure Promotion Back To Premier League

Fulham beat Brentford 2-1 in the Championship play-off final to secure an immediate return to the Premier League thanks to two extra-time goals from Joe Bryan.

The left-back caught Brentford goalkeeper David Raya off guard from 40 yards in the 105th minute of the game at Wembley, with the Spaniard expecting a cross and then unable to scamper back and save Bryan’s skidding low effort.

With Brentford pouring forward in search of an equaliser, Bryan burst forward and combined with Aleksandar Mitrovic before stabbing past Raya to make the game safe with three minutes remaining.

Henrik Dalsgaard pulled a goal back with a header from eight yards out in the fourth minute of added time, but it was too late for the Bees to spark a comeback.

Before Tuesday’s game, since the 1990/1991 season, Brentford have lost in all of their play-off campaigns.

The last time they played in the English top flight was way back in 1947.

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  • We also have a skillful nigeria-eligible mildfielder called Onoma.
    i think we should be following his development closely with a view of inviting him.
    he is jxt 23 and he is an aribo type of player,excelent in dribling which he showed off in their first play-off match against cadif city.

    that’s my oppinion.

  • Dr. Drey. 10 months ago

    Once again, we see a young serious minded coach pulling off a great feat in his nascent career. When you look at them all Pep, Zidane, Lampard, Gerrard, Arteta, Egbo and the rest….same pattern, same template….1. They start small small with volunteering and assisting at the academy/youth teams while still playing…..2. Enrol in coaching school and start gathering coaching qualifications little by little even while still playing….3 Start their coaching careers with U17s, U18s, and C-teams….4. Sometimes move up one step as Asst Managers and before you say Jack Robinson …..5. They are sitting in the dug-out as Managers of their Former teams.

    Scott Parker the man who has led fulham back to the EPL was still playing actively at Tottenham by the time he did his level 2 and UEFA B licenses. As at then he was volunteering in his spare time to assist the coaches at the academy. By the time he joined Fulham as a player in 2013 he already was a B license holder. This is a player who had over 500 EPL appearances and had played under great coaches like Mourinho and Redknapp still going to coaching school to learn coaching.
    In his 4 years as a Fulham player, Scott still went back to the classroom to acquire his UEFA A license and upon retiring from football in 2017 it was easy for Tottenham FC to employ him as the U18s coach…not just because he was a former player, but because HE WAS QUALIFIED. HE HAD THE BASIC QUALIFICATIONS – as a former player, a UEFA A holder and having had volunteering experience with the academies of Tottenham and Fulham during his playing days.
    He would go back to Fulham (another of his former clubs) as an assistant coach under Ranieri and Jokanovic before becoming the Manager on permanent basis.
    This is how serious minded people who really wanna make a success of coaching grow themselves to become one.

    Even as far back as the playing days of G.Rohr in the 80s, same template…..spent the last 3-4 years of his playing career going to coaching classes, obtaining his coaching certificates, and beginning afterwards from the academy AT A FORMER CLUB.
    Andrea Pirlo is already doing something similar…he has just been named Juve U23 coach having completed his UEFA Pro. Our own African brother too Kolo Toure has risen through the ranks in similar fashion and he is now Asst Manager at LCFC while undergoing his UEFA Pro training too. He is a Brendan Rodgers sack away from becoming a caretaker manager or even a permanent manager of a premier league club.

    But in Nigeria, ex-internationals retire from football and relax at home 6 years waiting for NFF “to develop them”. No experience (even coaching under 7s), No coaching courses attended, no qualifications, No Coaching badges…..and baaammmmmm….they become assistant coach of the SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM. Of-course 100 caps (according to Segun Odegbami) and 1/3 of the requirements (according to Ladan Bosso) is an automatic qualifier. And a certain Legend whom we thought should know better will come and sell such crap to us and tell us not having coaching qualifications, even the most basic of them “…is not essential…”.

    The likes of Egbo, Arteta and Scott Parker have really shown us how “NON-ESSENTIAL” it is.


    • Well said ,only in Nigeria you skip 2 and count 4, we dnt wanna do things the right way, just the rush and easy ways, and the white dnt care whom you are or how many years you play soccer, all they look at is your certificate, if CR7 or Messi stop playing today and don’t improve or acquire the necessary certificate or licenses to be a coach, trust Madrid or Barcelona still won’t give them the role of the head coach. Nigeria ex international gat get some things into there skull and do the needful.

    • Awesome awesome awesome

    • Mr Hush 10 months ago

      @Dr Drey

      Aptly stated.

      In addition to your well thought out piece;
      We should understand that having an illustrious career as a footballer doesn’t really translate to be a good coach. Coaching is a different kettle entirely that needs a different kind of experience from on field playing as a footballer wouldn’t give you. You need to earn your coaching stripe through its own experience. And that includes through merit by starting from bottom up building your place, mind and approach and off course by acquiring the necessary license to back up your innate skillset.
      We should take in cognisance the fact that the best German coaches today(and most of Europe) didn’t really play football to the highest level; Klopp retired as footballer early when he realised he didn’t have the required skill to play the game but went straight to coaching school to develop as a coach. He studied under different coaches as well and built his way up.
      Nagelsmann as well stopped playing early to go into coaching via coaching school,starting with lesser teams.
      Same for Thomas Tuchel,who after a rigorous injury ended his short football playing career went directly to coaching school,building his way up.
      These are good coaches in their own right.
      Nothing was handed to them.
      They earned it .

      We should start focusing on merit, earning our rights to stance rather than holding on to sentiments,victimhood and false privilege. That’s simply duress that does no one any good.

      Even If you are born with the gift of coaching (some are born with a special tactical savvy), it is only just to go through the right channel and build your gifts, there is no wrong in having a certificate or license to prove your gift is well processed.

      • Dr. Drey. 10 months ago

        Playing football and coaching are worlds apart and that is why even former ballon d’or, UCL and WC winners who played AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS AND UNDERS THE BEST COACHES still go back to the classroom to learn coaching. Every ex-footballer who is into coaching will attest to it. And this is what Parker himself has to say:

        “….I used to think ‘no it’s fine – I’ve played the game and I know what it is about. I know how to tell other people where to stand’, but it is not until you start learning that you realize how difficult it is and there is an art to it….It is totally different to playing, and that is why I am here…..As a player you go out on the training field and don’t think about the planning that has gone into it. You don’t worry about the facilities and what it takes to get everything in place…..A grassroots team is probably the best place to start because from there you see it all…..Early on in my career certainly I want to get as much experience as I can, because however many games I have played nothing prepares you for coaching….”

        Talking about his Coaching courses;
        “…This course was about getting the ball rolling, learning as much as I can, and it’s taken me six years (SIX WHOLE YEARS…..the same number of years our own 100caps SE coach spent attending social events after retirement) to get in the position I’m in now. You go through the various badges, but now you start to realise just how different this job is. I’ve played so many games, big games, but coaching is something else. And difficult, to be fair. There is an art to getting your message across, relaying the little things you have learned. What comes instinctively on a football pitch can be quite difficult to try to teach to someone else….But you can learn how to do that. I did some coaching down at Fulham, and I did a lot at Spurs with [the head of coaching and player development] John McDermott. I was coaching people like Josh Onomah and Harry Winks, and John was a massive help for me…”

        And when these guys who committed resources and time way before they even retired land these big jobs we are quick to throw the racism card around or claim they got its just because they were ex-this, ex-that and look for everyone and everything else to blame. When the furniture is in the workshop, nobody talks about it, but when it has become a finished product and moves to the showroom, tongues begin to wag.

        If a player like Yobo had spent the last 2-3 years of his playing career and the 6 years after retirement gathering coaching certifications and volunteering with the youth teams of clubs like Norwich, Fenerbache or Everton (especially everton where he played centuries of games and even captained the club at some time), I bet by today he, just like Seyi Olofinjana and a large extent Ndubuisi Egbo, would be sitting on the technical bench of one of those clubs.

        The recent moves by the likes of Enyeama, Utaka, Tosin Dosumu who have all started now using this template really gladdens the heart. Hopefully with prayers and God’s grace they will get there someday soon. But he who has ears, let them hear…! If we are copying from the whites, then let us copy the right things they right way.

        Being a ex-player is not a qualification, it is just the icing on the cake.


  • ANIETIE 10 months ago

    I felt for Brentford there goalkeeper expose his inexperience in the first goal.there promotion would have been a record breaking.