Sessegnon earns fresh eulogies from his boss after Fulham's play-off triumph


Slavisa Jokanovic had more words of praise for wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon after the 17-year-old's goal and assist propelled Fulham to the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

The teenager, the player of the season in the division, has already received plenty of plaudits, but showed again just why he is coveted by so many big clubs and a darling of the home fans.

His goal broke the deadlock at the Cottage as the Whites looked to overcome a first leg deficit against Derby County and it was his corner which Denis Odoi headed home for the aggregate winner.

"This is not the first time," the Fulham boss said of his starlet's outstanding contribution.

"In all the press conferences you ask me about him the last two years he is working with us. Really he is focused on improving himself. He shows a great level of self-belief...of confidence. He is clinical and when some balls arrive to him in the box, and he finds some space, the ball is normally in the net.

"He wants to be top level. He wants to push himself. He wants to arrive in the highest level possible and I am sure he is going to be in this level soon. He is 17 and he's special. What he offers right now at this stage is fantastic. He's calm all the days, not only tonight, he's focused and concentrated. He wants to improve and he made a great job for us."

Jokanovic said his team were close to perfect as they booked their place at Wembley in the Championship final.

Their 2-0 win on the night was just reward for a polished, dominant performance.

"My team played today fantastic football," said the Fulham boss.

"We controlled everything. We created many chances. We were very focused and organised and we didn't give them so many opportunities.

"We scored two fantastic goals and we have to be really satisfied for the team, for our supporters. They deserve one of these nights.

"Many times we have played close to a brilliant level and today we were very close to being perfect."

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