Slavisa Jokanovic was pleased with Fulham’s ‘ambition’ and determination in the League Cup at Wycombe Wanderers last night – and he felt that his side would take confidence from the strong manner in which the Whites finished the game.
The Serbian head coach selected a young side for the trip to League Two Wycombe and was rewarded with composed performances by all three of his academy graduates. Jokanovic felt that Fulham were a little nervy in the first half, failing to find the final ball, but proved much more clinical after the break – seizing the opportunity to settle the contest, which he said was an improvement on Saturday’s frustrating draw with Norwich City.
The game was competitive and we played well despite missing a bit of quality in the final passes in the midfield in the first 45 minutes, when we had possession but we didn’t score the goal. In the second half, we showed our ambition for winning the game and we scored a quality goal and after that we scored the second and killed the game.
It allowed us to finish the game comfortably, which is something we didn’t find in the first game against Norwich. I think it will give us big confidence, scoring the second goal, because we missed this situation in our first game and we found it today.
Jokanovic also suggested that his side were not at their strongest in the early weeks of the new season but he was pleased with the fitness and application of his players.
It’s the beginning of the season and this is not our best, I’m sure, right now, but the players need to compete and gain the minutes in the field and I didn’t have to make so many substitutions today.