Slavisa Jokanovic slammed Fulham’s feeble finishing as his side crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.
The Whites spurned several glorious chances to settle their third round tie at Craven Cottage with strikers Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele particularly culpable before substitute Atdhe Nuhiu volleyed in Wednesday’s winner against the run of play with seventeen minutes remaining.
A furious Jokanovic insisted afterwards that there was much to improve: “Our level right now is to play for 70 minutes. In the last 20 minutes of games, we haven’t been up to par. It’s always a disappointment to lose a game. In our own stadium against Sheffield Wednesday, it was a similar situation.”
We must push ourselves in future games because we played good football for more than an hour. Before the Dembele header in the second half, we had many chances and we missed many chances. We need to play with more confidence, we need to recuperate our personality as well as our physical condition. They scored a fantastic goal and this is part of football – but we need to try and change our own situation.”
Fulham equalised soon after when substitute Moussa Dembele tapped in from close range after Wednesday’s Liam Palmer cleared a Ross McCormack shot off the line.
However, Wednesday got their winner against the run of play in the 73rd minute through substitute Atdhe Nuhiu, who volleyed in from the edge of the area.
Fulham duo McCormack and Dembele threatened in the second half and only a reaction save from Joe Wildsmith prevented Dembele heading in his and the Cottagers’ second goal – before midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic spurned a glorious chance from close range on the hour