Slavisa Jokanovic professed himself ‘satisfied’ with Fulham’s first win in three matches after a hard-fought victory at Burton put them back in the play-off picture.
The Whites struggled to break down a dogged Burton side during a tepid first half at the Pirelli Stadium and Jokanovic acknowledged the importance of Stefan Johansen’s strike early in the second period that changed the context of the game.
The Serbian head coach told his post-match press conference:
I can be satisfied with our performance. We tried to play our style and move the ball from side to side in the first half but Burton closed us down. We had possession of the ball but we could not create much. Fortunately we tried to open the field up a bit in the second half and we got a goal early at the start of the half and that made it easier for us to win the game.
A focused Jokanovic refused to discuss how the three points had boosted Fulham’s hopes of getting in the Championship’s top six, insisting that he was only focusing on following up last night’s victory with another win at Birmingham on Saturday.
I am not talking about the top six. That is for May 7 and when we know where we are going to finish this competition. I prefer to think about the next step and the next chance to get three points, which is against Birmingham on Saturday. We need to keep working with our energy and desire for the next three points that is in front of us.