Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic says his side need the three points more urgently than Wolverhampton Wanderers from tomorrow night’s Craven Cottage clash – as the league leaders are certain to confirm promotion to the Premier League before the end of the season.
The Serbian lavished praise on Nuno Espírito Santo’s side, lauding them as the ‘best team in the Championship’ and admitted that Fulham didn’t get close to challenging Wolves at Molineux in November. During today’s pre-match press conference at Motspur Park, Jokanovic insisted his side would take the game to Wolves and try and pose them problems throughout:
Maths don’t lie, they’re the best team in the Championship. We will try to find a way to damage them. They scored two easy goals last time after set-pieces. To be honest, we created some chances, but didn’t dominate the situation and didn’t get close to winning the points.
Now they’re in a more comfortable situation and I believe they’re going to be a Premier League team next season. We need more points than they need them right now. We want to continue this fine form and push hard. We must be highly focused against a team like Wolves. We must trust in our style. We must approach the game with the intention and desire to win the game.
Jokanovic believes the point Fulham earned at Ashton Gate on Wednesday night could prove crucial come the Championship’s final reckoning and was unapologetic about rotating his starting line-up in midweek.
We didn’t play at our best level against Bristol City. But this point could be an important point at the end of the Season. A point against a play-off rival. I made changes on Wednesday. When you make changes and we win the game people say ‘what a clever man’ when you don’t win the game they say ‘this is not a clever step’. I tried to give some players a chance. I will need more than 11 players until the end of this season.
He confirmed that on-loan left back Matt Targett, who was substituted after taking a knock on his ankle at Bristol City, would be available for selection on Saturday – and revealed that he would continue to use the full extent of his squad during the run-in.
I don’t have any problem with him [Matt Targett]. The squad is complete, we have some small situations with different players, but we believe they will be all right for tomorrow. [Floyd Ayite has] been injured, Cyrus Christie is our future, Lucas Piazon did good work, Denis Odoi the same – what’s important for me is I don’t want to lose any player for this game ahead of us.