Slavisa Jokanovic felt Fulham’s goalless draw at Leeds was a fair result after his team failed to take any of the opportunities to gain their first league win of the season.
The Fulham head coach was pleased with his side’s application against a well-drilled and physical Leeds side, but admitted the visitors ‘lacked quality’ in the final third.
In this game we showed different faces. Today we opened the game very well and we created some chances and in the end we had some problems at set pieces which we resolved well.
The second-half started better, they pressed us more on the ball and toward the end of the game I decided to put one more player on who could get some more control in the game because then if we created chances we could win the game.
At the end [I think] this result can be fair and a positive is that we are in the beginning of the Championship without losing any games, We weren’t clinical in the important moments, we tried with power and with aggression to push us into scoring a goal. In the beginning and at the end of the game we missed some important chances and in the end we can say this result can be fair.
After confirming that Lucas Piazon had broken his fibula, Jokanovic conceded he wasn’t sure about the level to which Championship officials are prepared to clamp down on over-zealous tackling.
Leeds, like Reading in the last game, were really aggressive and cut our actions strong. Sometimes in the Championship the limit is high and sometimes the limit is low, I don’t know exactly what are the rules in this competition.
He felt Fulham were slow to adapt to Leeds’ higher pressing game in the second half and, although the introduction of Northern Irish midfielder Oliver Norwood helped to retain possession, believed his side should have put away one of the late chances they created.
We didn’t adapt ourselves to be honest I missed a little bit of quality where we move the ball and definitely in the beginning of the second-half when they started to press us and we weren’t comfortable with the ball. I missed this quality in this part of the game toward the end of the game because I didn’t find another solution, I decided to put Olly (Norwood) on the pitch because we were so many times without the ball in this period of the game.
We wanted to take a little bit more control of the game and in this period we created some chances. We weren’t clinical at the end of the game and if you don’t score the goal you can’t complain about dropping points and thinking about three points.