Welcome to the Evening Standard's live reaction blog after Fulham secured promotion back to the Premier League.Joe Bryan scored a brilliant 35-yard free-kick and added a second late in extra-time as Scott Parker's side beat Brentford 2-1 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
Thomas Frank has spoken of his pride in his players after Brentford’s best season in the modern era ended in play-off final heartbreak.The Bees finished third in the Championship, their best performance since they were relegated from the top tier in 1947, but were beaten 2-1 after extra-time by west London rivals Fulham in Tuesday night’s Wembley showpiece.
Fulham – and particularly Joe Bryan – just have that greater Premier League quality. That was the real story of this play-off final, that sees Brentford beaten 2-1, and their “dream” for this campaign destroyed. Reality hit.Fulham, with one of the most expensive squads in the Championship, now also have that last Premier League place. That was after a poor final that often felt like it was going on as long as Brentford’s 77 years outside the top tier. They will have to wait another season, their story for this campaign ending in disappointment.
Fulham sealed promotion to the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Brentford in what is regarded as the most lucrative game in world football at Wembley on Tuesday night.After an incredible 368 days after the 2019-20 Championship season commenced, two exquisite extra-time goals from Joe Bryan sealed the win for Fulham, who return to England's top flight having been relegated just last year.