Fulham Head Coach Slavisa Jokanovic was disappointed by the loss to Bristol City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night but in particular the timing of their goals.
Aaron Wilbraham levelled the score in the 45th minute for Bristol City following a Lucas Piazon header. Fulham hearts were broken in the final minute of the game as substitute Tammy Abraham stabbed home to send the Whites out the cup.
Despite the final score, the Head Coach was pleased by passages of the match.
“In the first half we missed many chances,” he said. “We dominated the game and they scored with their first shot.
“We started the second half very well as well.
“We missed the penalty and we missed a few other chances as well as that.
“But they also missed some good chances near the end of the game.
“In the end they scored in the last minute of the first half and in the last minute of the second half.
“Then they didn’t give us any space to react.”
“I set out the team to win the game.
“It was a good performance in the first half.
“But we have to play the last minute of the first and second half.
“It’s bad to concede goals in these minutes.
“We are all very disappointed but the feeling is mixed because we played many good minutes.
“But at the end we didn’t win the game.”
When asked about the apparent lack of goals from his side, the Jokanovic was quick to point out his side didn’t press the opposition hard enough.
“We aren’t lacking goals. We didn’t restrict the offensive Bristol players.
“Generally they protected the balls into the offensive areas which gave their team more energy.
“We didn’t prevent these balls into these areas.
“But as I said before a match is an hour and a half.”
The Whites will look to bounce back versus Bristol this coming Saturday as they square off in the League.
The Head Coach wants his side to push themselves harder as they prepare for the clash.
“It’s a different competition and a different game,” Jokanovic insisted. “But we have to push ourselves harder.
“They are a dangerous team and we will have to be ready for them on Saturday.”