Gary Rowett says Derby lacked composure in play-off defeat to Fulham

Gary Rowett says Derby lacked composure in play-off defeat to Fulham

They meet at Villa Park on Tuesday night and Villa lead 1-0 from the first leg.

A stunning save from Scott Carson to deny Aleksandar Mitrovic kept the score at 0-0 at the interval, but Sessegnon punished a rare piece of slack defending two minutes into the second half, collecting a loose ball in the box and rifling high into the net.

But Slavisa Jokanovic's side finally got reward for the efforts two minutes after the interval when 17-year-old Sessegnon showed great composure to drive home a left-foot shot from inside the area.

However, the hosts - unbeaten at home since October - turned the screw ever tighter with Serbian global Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara going close.

The onslaught continued and 19 minutes later the hosts found the goal that put Wembley in sight when Odoi climbed highest from a corner to head home into the far corner.

'Hopefully we'll get to the Premier League'.

Indeed, he netted against Derby in Fulham's 2-1 win at the iPro Stadium back in March and was an integral part of his side's 23-match unbeaten run that ended on the final day of the season.

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There's a steely streak running through this Rams side, though, and we fancy them to do just about enough to get through to the big one.

'(Scoring the first goal was) very special.

That's good enough for us, then, and we'll make that our sole position tonight and hope things stay tight at the Cottage on a balmy night in London.

He told RamsTV: "I can't be critical of the players, they have given everything".

"To get to half-time at 0-0, we felt that we had to step out a bit more and be more proactive".

"We know that we put ourselves in a very hard position with our form after Christmas, but had got ourselves into a good position with our form earlier in the season", he added. I must be satisfied what my team showed tonight.

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