Slavisa Jokanovic toasted ‘a very good Boxing Day’ for Fulham after his clinched a crucial 2-0 victory at Ipswich Town to leave the Whites just a point outside the Championship play-off places.
Fulham’s fluent football was on display from first whistle to last and their arguably could have crafted a far more comfortable winning margin than the one that arrived courtesy of goals from Chris Martin and Ragnar Sigurdsson. Jokanovic was pleased both with the aesthetic quality of Fulham’s display and another clean sheet that ensured there was no way back for Mick McCarthy’s side.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, the Serbian head coach said:
We are very happy with how we played today, it’s a very good Boxing Day for us. We won a very important three points to continue fighting towards our targets. We secured another clean sheet, we dominated the game, and Ipswich didn’t have any shots on target. This is good news for us.
We created many, many chances but didn’t score the second goal in the moments where we were dominant. But in the end we scored this goal to close the game out. We changed the system when we started to have some kind of problem, and it’s a great day for us.
We tried to put the ball on the floor. We tried to be brave, tried to move the ball, and tried to follow our style. I believe my team has this kind of quality, so we tried to show our strengths and not our weaknesses.
As usual, Jokanovic refused to contemplate the possibility of breaking into the division’s top six and preferred to concentrate on preparing his side for the mouthwatering clash with fellow promotion contenders Reading at the Madjeski Stadium on Friday night.
I know what the targets of this club are, I know what our supporters want, but I prefer thinking about short steps. I prefer to think about the Reading game which is in front of us. This is the new chance to fight for three points. We’ll know in May if we’re in the top-six or not, but right now we are working and preparing for what is immediately in front of us.