Cardiff City take on Fulham tonight in the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final clash at Craven Cottage.
The Bluebirds will have to overturn a two-goal deficit if they are to progress to the Wembley on Tuesday, but will take heart from Brentford’s display against Swansea City last night, in which they overturned their own first-leg defeat.
But Neil Harris and his players know the sizeable task which lays ahead, for the Cottagers have been in terrific form since lockdown.
No team has ever come back from a two-goal deficit in the second leg of a play-off semi-final in the Championship, but Harris, and thousands of Bluebirds fans, will hope that is a record which can be broken tonight.
We will be bringing you all the build-up, team news and live match action from Craven Cottage, so scroll down for all the latest updates.
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CLOSE! Christie shoots from range and it bounces awkwardly before Smithies, who parries it into the path of Knockaert.
Pack gets a foot in to intercept a throw-in and it lands at the feet of Ward on the edge of the box. He turns and hammers a right-footed effort at goal, but it sails over.
Will Vaulks tries to set Murphy through with a cross-field ball, but Rodak rushes off his line to collect.
Lovely build-up which results in Knockaert being found on the edge of the area. He shifts it on to his left and pulls the trigger, but Smithies does brilliantly to parry it away!
Decordova-Reid is slotted through and clear on goal, but the skipper lunges and clears just before the forward pulls the trigger!
Christie breaks down the right after a poor pass from Morrison is intercepted, but his cross is far too over-hit.
Some twinkle-toed work from Joe Bryan allows him to dance down the left and pull it back to Christie outside the area, but his shot is scuffed, blocked and cleared.
Cairney clatters into Will Vaulks and it’s an ugly foul. Fulham just totting up the offences here.
Knockaert is found on the Fulham right and once again he tries to cut inside Bennett and shoot, but the left-back stands firm and blocks it for a corner.
Hoilett wins a free-kick after some lovely footwork. Another dangerous area for City to have a set piece.
Morrison trudges off, but takes in some water and looks like he will come right back on.
The cross is whipped in but Rodak clears with a firm punch. Morrison goes down clutching his head and seeks medical attention.
After a frenetic minute or so, we have settled back into some sort of rhythm. Fulham looking nice with the ball in their own half, Cardiff trying to get the ball into good areas in a more direct manner.
Nelson almost meets another header, but clatters into Christie in doing so. The Fulham man receives attention.
Decordova-Reid finds Kebano, who bursts in front of Bacuna and slots it home into the bottom corner.
Vaulks throw evades everyone and looks as though it is dipping over Rodak, who has to tip it over.
Bacuna puts pressure on Bryan and forces a throw-in in a good area for Will Vaulks.
Just a little bit tetchy from Cardiff, just can’t keep hold of the ball early on.
First chance for the visitors, Onomah breaks down the left and lays it into the path of Knockaert, who charges at Bennett, cuts inside and fires at goal. It’s straight at Smithies though.
Fulham F.C., Cardiff City F.C., EFL Championship play-offs, Neil Harris
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