Fulham boss Scott Parker revealed how he and two-goal hero Joe Bryan discussed pretending to cross while targeting Brentford goalkeeper David Raya’s near post before breaking the deadlock.
Bryan scored the opener in Tuesday night’s Championship play-off final with a 40-yard free-kick which Raya thought was going to be swung in towards Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Seconds before taking the set piece, Bryan and Parker spoke on the touchline, with the Fulham boss instructing the left back to ignore Mitrovic and go for goal.
Bryan tricked Raya, whose starting position left a lot of space to his right, and scored the goal which got Fulham on their way to winning the £160million match.
‘The opening goal was planned,’ Parker said. ‘We looked at his positioning from free-kicks – very aggressive in his starting position. I called Joe over to try to make out we were doing something tactical but I told him to keep an eye on his positioning and commit to the shot.
‘He did that and it’s worked. We tried this in the last game and went nowhere near the goal. Tonight thankfully it worked. My staff deserve full credit for that and the planning they did.’