Date: 18th May 2017 at 12:26pm
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After an unbelievable night at the Mad Stad on Tuesday, we look at the heroes on the pitch who got us to Wembley and how well they performed.


Ali Al-Habsi – 8 – We may not have got to the play-offs without Ali, but we certainly wouldn`t have made it to the final without him. A superb double save from Cariney`s free kick and outstanding reflexes to save from Martin in the second half were world class. He had an off day with his kicking, but we`ll let him off for that.

Chris Gunter – 7 – A captain`s performance from the stand-in skipper, who let by example. Defensively he was superb, coping with the pace of Ayite, Aluko and Kebano. You can tell that he is used to playing wing back for his country, as it brings out the best in his attacking game too. He should have had an assist with Swifty missing a sitter.

Liam Moore – 8 – What more is there to say about him except the fact he is an outstanding defender? Another superb performance in the heart of defence, winning countless headers and proving himself as a leader once again on the pitch

Tiago Ilori – 7 – Considering has only played 90 minutes once signed he joined in January, It was a superb showing from our record signing. Not only did he stand his ground against useful opponents, he proved that he is more than capable of adjusting to Stam`s style, looking very comfortable on the ball.

Joey van den Berg – 7 – I was concerned when I saw Joey starting at CB, but he proved me wrong with a solid showing. He was rarely caught out against a pacey Fulham attack and some of his longer passes proved crucial to getting the best out of Yann and Grabban when we were under pressure.

Tyler Blackett – 6 – I heard him receive a lot of criticism after this game, but I thought he did OK against a tricky customer in Fredericks. It wasn`t a surprise to see him brought off, but he showed he is capable enough to fill in if Obita isn`t fit for the final.

John Swift – 7 – This may seem slightly generous, but I thought it was much improved from Swifty from the first leg. He was getting on the ball, taking players on and looked lively. Yes, he missed a sitter which should have made things easier, but was still a good performance.

Danny Williams – 8 – He may well be playing for a move when his contract comes to an end, but who cares if he plays like this and gets us promoted? His energy in midfield is pivotal for us on and off the ball. His engine compliments Swifty and will be crucial in the final.

George Evans – 7 – George has gone about his business very quieyly this season, but I maintain he is one of the unsung heroes, mainly for the role he plays. He was tasked in keeping Cairney out of the game in important areas of the pitch and he did just that. He reads the game very well for his age and should have done enough to start the final.

Yann Kermorgant – 8 – Can anyone stop this man at the moment? He is near on unplayable in his current form. He had the nerve to take the crucial penalty, but his all round play all night was a joy to watch.

Lewis Grabban – 7 – After a shaky performance at Craven Cottage, the on-loan forward proved his worth with a busy performance, linking up well with Yann. He may do well to keep his place for the final if GMac is fit, but he has earned his spot if Stam selects him.


Garath McCleary – 6 – Brought on to help defensively at wing back and while it halted his attacking play, he did a decent job in keeping Sessegnon quiet.

Liam Kelly – 6 – Some extra legs in midfield to help with Fulham`s pressure and did just that.

Joseph Mendes – N/A – Wasn`t on long enough to make an impact.


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