Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic says that there is real confidence around the camp after his side’s excellent start to the season – but has urged his team to concentrate fully on the task at hand: picking up three points against Cardiff City tomorrow afternoon.
The Whites were disappointed not to take all three points from the midweek meeting with Leeds United, but Jokanovic has told his players to put the thought of Chris Wood’s injury-time equaliser out of their minds and try to replicate the level of performance they turned in at Elland Road.
The feeling is good. We are ready for what is in front of us. There is no time for looking back at Leeds. It’s a moment to concentrate on the next match and be focused on fighting for the points that are on offer tomorrow.
It’s unfortunate that we didn’t win the last game. But at the same time if we can repeat the way in which we performed in the game we will win more games than we lose.
Jokanovic told his pre-match press conference that the Fulham squad have been informed of his expectations and that he wants his side to continue the fluid style of football that has characterised their good start and put their opponents under pressure.
My team knows what I expect in each game and we can be a dominating team. If we try and take our situation in our hands and try and dominate our opposition we can always be in the situation to win the game. I am happy with how they are working. They are working very hard and the last two weeks have been positive.
We are going to see tomorrow. In football the last performances are the past. It is only the present and tomorrow is a new exam for us and I expect we will be ready to show the fans more positive things.
The Serbian almost has a fully fit squad to choose from with only full-back Ryan Fredericks, who is still recovering from ankle surgery, unavailable. He is expecting a tough test from Cardiff, managed by former Fulham midfielder Paul Trollope, tomorrow afternoon.
Cardiff have three points less than what we have. In their last game they found a way how they wanted to play. This is the Championship and I don’t expect anything easy. We have to be prepared for what is in front of us. We need to be optimists, be positive and believe we can win the points.