Slavisa Jokanovic feels his Fulham side are beginning to make progress in the Championship after their 2-0 derby victory over Brentford at Griffin Park tonight – but believes there is still work to do if the Whites are to figure in the promotion shake-up.
The Serbian was cheered by back-to-back victories that have put Fulham outside the play-off positions on goal difference. Fulham’s success in the latest west London derby was earned by strikes from Sone Aluko and Tom Cairney, although the extent of their dominance wasn’t reflected in the scoreline.
I believe we have made progress but we still have to learn. We have had two months working all together, and step by step we are starting to be more competitive.
And very good news for us is our fifth clean sheet – last season we kept only four. But I believe there is still the space to improve. I am not thinking about the season. It’s very clear what the ambition of this club and the supporters is because I know very well, but I prefer thinking about the short steps.
The Fulham head coach also warned potential suitors off a move for former Hull and Blackburn midfielder Cairney, who marked his 200th club appearance with the crucial second goal. Jokanovic was emphatic that the Scottish midfielder would be leaving Craven Cottage.
I guarantee he will stay with us, he’s a very important player. I’ve said many times he’s a Premier League player but I don’t expect us to put him on the market.