Jokanovic salutes ‘solid’ Fulham

by Dan on April 22, 2017

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Slavisa Jokanovic saluted his Fulham side’s character as they staged a superb fightback to thrash play-off rivals Huddersfield for the second time this season and leave themselves just a win off securing a top six spot.

The Serbian head coach was delighted that the visitors quickly recovered from the early concession of Chris Lowe’s penalty – and such was Fulham’s dominance that the Whites were out of sight by the half-time break.

We conceded an early goal but this team showed great character and confidence and started to be braver and stronger. We scored four goals in the first 45 minutes and managed the game to finish with the three points.

Jokanovic gently chided his side for failing to keep a clean sheet but was pleased with how Fulham have maintained their momentum as the season heads for the final straight.

We were organised very well and we created a few chances [in the second half]. We tried to manage the situation and my players understand. In the second half we did exactly what we had to do. I am very happy with how solid we are. I missed a clean sheet today. This is important for us. Okay, 4-1 is nice, a great result, but sometimes I miss 1-0 and I think maybe in the future I’ll be a little bit more lucky. We are in a good mental moment. We believe we can play good football and compete very well.

The Fulham boss rejected any suggestion that Leeds’ defeat by Burton Albion was a great result for his side – insisting that he knows from his previous spell in English football just how unpredictable the Championship in.

No, I am thinking only about Brentford, our next game. Two games are in front of us and anything can happen.

It’s not time to look at the table, it’s time to rest our bodies and rest our minds and be fresh and push in the last two games in this regular part of the competition. I have enough experience in the Championship to know many strange things can happen. We cannot relax and think everything is done.

Jokanovic also confirmed that matchwinner Stefan Johansen, whose first-half brace knocked the stuffing out of Huddersfield, was substituted late on as a precaution and he should be fine to play a full part in the derby against Brentford next weekend.

He should be okay – Stefan did a fantastic job for the team. He’s working hard, pushing and pressing very well, and he benefited from this by scoring two goals. I’m happy with him and I’m happy with my team, which is more important.

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