Slavisa Jokanovic bemoaned Fulham’s fortunes from twelve yards – but saluted his players for their character after they turned around a two-goal deficit to draw with Norwich City at Craven Cottage tonight.
The Fulham head coach was left to reflect on a succession of ‘big mistakes’ that have derailed his side’s excellent start to the new campaign, but refused to overtly criticise referee James Liddington after he awarded two penalties against Scott Malone in the first half. Jokanovic was pleased with his team’s reaction to what must have been a stirring half-time team-talk as well as the predatory instincts of striker Chris Martin, who fired Fulham back into the contest.
What did I say at half-time? Nothing special, be professional and work together. Look to score one goal and after we can score more.
We made big mistakes but after we went 2-0 down it was a better performance. We were more solid and started to play good football.
Today we conceded two penalties, against QPR we missed two penalties, in two other games we finished the game with 10 players – we make so many big mistakes. I am frustrated about many things but if the referee says it is a penalty, it is a penalty.