Slavisa Jokanovic lauded the achievements of his players for reaching the play-offs after they came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on the final day of the season – and insisted that Fulham were ‘ready for anything’ that the end-of-season drama throws up.
The Serbian head coach was delighted with his side’s resilience and application in south Yorkshire, especially as they recovered from conceding an early goal to Sam Winnall, to go on and win the game against one of their play-off rivals.
We can be satisfied with our progress. We finished the regular part of the season with style, we won the game. Now we put everything behind us and be ready for what’s in front of us. Before the game [Sheffield Wednesday manager] Carlos [Carvalhal] thought about resting people, I found some space to rest some people too. I can be satisfied with the result, I have to be satisfied because nobody is injured after the game.
Jokanovic was also in no mood to take the challenge of Reading lightly after the Royals were confirmed as Fulham’s semi-final opponents following their 4-2 win at Burton Albion.
This team finished third in the regular part of the competition. The table says they are favourites, but we are going to try and surprise them. It will be a tough two games for us, and for them too. We are confident, we believe we can play good football and win the games. With this mentality, anything is possible.
It’s going to be a very important 180 minutes for us. I expect we’re going to be competitive, we’re going to be focused, we’re going to show the ambition and desire that we’ve shown this season.