Fulham 1 Reading 1 - Views from the Bench
With so much at stake the game was always gone to be a tense affair.
The 1-1 draw means that both sides have it all to play for in the second-leg on Tuesday evening, with the team that emerges victorious heading off to a Wembley showdown against either Huddersfield Town or Sheffield Wednesday.
Following the 1-1 draw, both managers had a few words for the media, with Slavisa Jokanovic remarking,
'We cannot be completely satisfied with what happens in the game. But I was expecting a tough game and I believed in ourselves to win the game, but the result is what it is.
'Everything is set up for the return on Tuesday and it's open.
'The red card is very clear and I believe it's very clear. It looked a clear free-kick for their goal as there was a touch with the hand too but it's a physical and very complicated game and sometimes referees can make mistakes.
'But we must be ready, we must be better for what's going to come on Tuesday.
'We showed we weren't scared after their goal, they didn't give us a lot of space but we found more in the second half. We had many chances but we weren't clinical enough. We must be strong and believe in ourselves for the return leg.'
Whilst the Reading boss, Jaap Stam, chipped in with,
'We can still win a game without Paul McShane, he's been very important to us throughout the season but we have options and we're very confident that we can still do well.
'I'm not going to say who does or doesn't have the advantage for the second leg. We know what we can do and what we can bring as a side and you've seen that today.
'Home advantage doesn't guarantee you a win, you still have to work very hard and give everything for it.
'These games aren't just about ability and quality, it's about your mind and dealing with the stress and playing with your heart. A lot of things are different in these games than they are in the league.'
Tuesday will be a nervous tense night, can Fulham edge past Reading to make the final?`