Slavisa Jokanovic praised Fulham’s fighting spirit after the Whites edged past Millwall to record their first win at Craven Cottage since September and move into the Championship’s top half.

Fulham clung onto a slender lead given to them by Oliver Norwood’s penalty on the stroke of half-time despite concerted Millwall pressure and a side robbed of key performers due to injury. Jokanovic was delighted with his team’s application and the fact they had taken seven points from three tricky fixtures in seven days.

Speaking to his post-match press conference, the Serbian head coach said:

It’s positive news because we won the game at home and made our supporters happy. This victory means back-to-back wins in the Championship. We are fighting. They sent many long balls into our box and are solid. They’re bigger and stronger than us in these situations. We don’t have enough tools to find a solution for certain problems.

In the end, the team suffered together and got a clean sheet, which is fantastic. It’s the third game this week without a few players so we must be satisfied – we won seven points. We saved some important players for this game.

Jokanovic confirmed that Fulham are hopeful that Tim Ream and Kevin McDonald, who were not risked this afternoon after picking up knocks at Bramall Lane in midweek, would be available for Saturday’s trip to Brentford.

We expect we’ll recover some players and be ready for another London derby. Tim Ream and Kevin McDonald are injured, but we expect them to be ready for the next game. Floyd Ayite is a few weeks away from being available to help us.