Slavisa Jokanovic professed himself pleased with the way his Fulham side put their FA Cup defeat to Tottenham behind them with a comfortable victory at Ashton Gate last night.
Goals from Lucas Piazon and Tom Cairney set the Whites on their way to a crucial third consecutive league win as they closed the gap between themselves and the Championship’s top six. The Fulham head coach lauded his players’ concentration and desire in his post-match press conference:
I must be satisfied with the performance and the change of focus after the FA Cup exit on the weekend. We knew we had to be mentally strong and have strong concentration to execute our game plan.
We moved the ball well and created a lot of chances. We could have scored more goals in the first half but we lacked the killer instinct in the final third. I know we have to be more clinical in those situations.
We knew it was going to be a tricky game as Bristol City needed the three points but we followed our style of play. It is a very good night for us as we kept a clean sheet and we played well.
He also heaped praise on Chelsea loanee Piazon, whose cool finish to give Fulham the lead capped an energetic display.
Lucas Piazon is a good example of someone who works hard and shows a lot of ambition – he played an important role in our performance tonight.
Jokanovic believes Fulham can make the play-offs with a strong finish to the season, but is continuing to focus on the next challenge in which of his side, which comes at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.
Our target tonight was to try and cut the distance between us and the teams above. We have to be ready to fight for maximum points. The Championship is famous for not knowing what is going to happen in the future. We cannot be sixth on Saturday, but we will try to close the gap.