Slavisa Jokanovic has urged his Fulham side to learn from the mistakes of last season and ‘die in the last few minutes’ to earn the results that will get them out of the Championship.
The Serbian head coach was angry after his side let a winning position slip in the final two minutes of their first game of the season against fellow promotion contenders Norwich City and recognised the signs of sloppy defending that had dogged their attempts to go up last term.
I saw this story last season and it was a repeat of those kinds of situations. To be a top team and show the character of champions, we must stick results and die in the last few minutes to not drop points. We must improve and die in the game to get the result. We did not do that.
Simply we have dropped two points. I see no point in complaining – it’s about looking forward, not about the past. It’s always disappointing to concede at that late point in the game. We are in a similar situation to last season when we were creating chances but not scoring enough.
Jokanovic has indicated that he will conduct a serious reshuffle ahead of tomorrow night’s League Cup tie at League Two Wycombe Wanderers with several first-team stars rested for Saturday’s trip to the scene of May’s play-off defeat, Reading.