Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic was pleased with the character shown by his side as they salvaged a point away to Reading on Saturday.
The Head Coach felt his men hadn’t shown enough desire in the defeat to Middlesbrough last weekend, but he was impressed by a marked improvement in that department as the Whites took a point in Berkshire.
In an end-to-end encounter, Moussa Dembélé put the Whites in front but Hal Robson-Kanu levelled from the spot after he was clumsily fouled by Fernando Amorebieta.
Robson-Kanu headed the hosts in front four minutes before half-time after Fulham failed to clear their lines, but the Whites sealed a draw with a penalty of their own when Ryan Fredericks was fouled and Ross McCormack scored from 12 yards.
“We opened the game very well but then made some unnecessary mistakes,” Jokanovic told the assembled press after the game. “We showed some character in the second half, but it’s true we need to be more solid. In the last 15 minutes they pushed us.
“Against Middlesbrough we didn’t believe we could change the situation, today we tried to do that. That is what I expect.
“We dominated the beginning of the game, created chances but weren’t clinical enough. I don’t remember them having chances in the first half but they scored two goals. If you need to score three goals to win, it’s complicated.”
Asked if he felt the challenge by Amorebieta warranted a penalty, Jokanovic replied: “Yes, it was a small push and the referee can interpret it like a penalty.”
With teams below Fulham picking up wins, the point could prove important to the Whites and Jokanovic stated: “If you cannot win three points, it’s better to take one. In front of me is a very important job. I know I will find difficulty in this job but I’m here to fix the problem.”