Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic professed himself ‘extra satisfied’ with his players after the Whites recorded what he called ‘a massive win’ at Preston North End thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late header.
The Serbian striker moved to seven goals in his last five Fulham games with a stoppage time winner at Deepdale that settled an even contest between two promotion contenders. Jokanovic told his post-match press conference that he was delighted Fulham had emerged with all three points despite not being at the races earlier in the game:
It’s a massive win for us in one of the more tougher away games that we’ve played. We knew what we would find here and they put us under a lot of pressure. It’s not easy playing against Preston. They put us under stress, played many balls behind our defenders and are a strong side. In the end, was the best way for us to win the game in this situation, so we must be extra satisfied.
We didn’t find our way in the first half, but we grew up in the second half – showed spirit and pushed hard. After they equalised, we still felt we were strong enough to win the game. It’s credit to the players’ ambition, desire and quality.
The Serbian head coach refused to get carried away after the victory, insisting Fulham’s focus remained on their forthcoming west London derby against QPR at the weekend.
We must rest. Ahead of us is another London derby and we must be ready to find our best performance. We know it’s an important game for our supporters and we must be ready to fight for another three points.