Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic suggested that his side’s comeback to beat Ipswich Town tonight ranked as one of the club’s best performances in his time at Craven Cottage.
The Serbian head coach was delighted after the Whites cut the gap to the Championship play-offs to just four points with four goals in seven minutes to totally overwhelm the Tractor Boys. The visitors had took the lead through Joe Garner’s header on the stroke of half time but crumbled in the second period after Jordan Spence saw red for a disgraceful lunge at Aboubakar Kamara.
Jokanovic told his post-match press conference:
It’s probably one of the best performances from my team. We played very well, we moved the ball, and we were able to find some benefits when Ipswich had to play with one player less. Even when it was 11 versus 11 I believe my team played better. We deserved these three points.
We played a very good game of football today. We created more chances in that period of the second half than we did during the entire first 45 minutes. It’s great when my team works very hard to score the goals. We scored some quality goals.
The Fulham boss, ever the perfectionist, did chastise his side for not taking their chances in the first 45 minutes – a situation that led to Ipswich taking the lead when Garner punished some slack marking to glance home an excellent free-kick from Martyn Waghorn.
We need to concentrate more in this kind of situation, because after playing a brilliant half in the first 45 minutes to go into half-time 1-0 down is strange. We don’t need this kind of comeback like the one we played today. We need to score and to score first, before the opposition team.
Jokanovic was full of praise for the men who shared the four second half goals between them, academy graduate Ryan Sessegnon and the irrepressible Kamara.
Ryan Sessegnon was twice in the right position. Ryan is probably the most talented player in this country at his age. His natural physical preparation is amazing. We have the opportunity to observe the beginning of one brilliant football career.
Aboubakar Kamara made a great effort and he’s fighting very well. We must be satisfied with his contribution over the last two games—he scored four goals. That’s good news for him, and good news for us too.