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Reed hopes Wembley experience tells for Fulham


Harrison Reed

Harrison Reed

Harrison Reed

Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed says past results with Brentford count for nothing ahead of the most important game of his career, today's Championship play-off final at Wembley.

The west London rivals will do battle to decide who follows Leeds and West Brom into the Premier League.

Brentford finished the regular season in third place and were victorious in the two meetings during the campaign, winning 1-0 at Griffin Park in December and 2-0 at Craven Cottage in June.

At the weekend Bees midfielder Emiliano Marcondes insisted Fulham were "fearing us because we have won against them two times."

But Reed, on loan from Southampton, responded: "You can call us underdogs, you can call us favourites or call them favourites. It doesn't really matter what has happened earlier on in the season. It is one game now. It is who turns up and performs the best and we are full of confidence we can do that."

A win for Brentford could earn them around £160million over three years according to sports financial analysts Deloitte, while both clubs could pocket £265million over five years if they were to secure top flight survival next season.

On Fulham's side is experience of playing at Wembley, with several members of the squad part of the team to beat Aston Villa in the 2018 play-off final.

"We have lads who have experienced that and been there with the pressure and got the job done, so we can certainly use that to our advantage," Reed added.

"It will be the most important game of my career and I am just looking forward to it. I have worked all my career to play at Wembley."

Aleksandar Mitrovic featured for Fulham in their 1-0 win over Villa at Wembley two years ago but missed both of the semi-final legs with Cardiff due to a hamstring injury.

The division's golden boot winner with 26 goals has recently returned to training and was praised by team-mate Reed.

"He has been training in the last couple of days, which is great," Fulham's combative midfielder said.

"What a player he has been for us this season and to see him work off the pitch and reap the rewards on the pitch is something that is inspirational to everyone at the club.

"The amount of hours he puts in at the gym and at the training ground, it is no surprise he has won the golden boot."

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