Slavisa Jokanovic admitted Fulham were well short of their best after the Whites let a two-goal lead slip as they drew with Queens Park Rangers at Craven Cottage this afternoon.
First half strikes from skipper Tom Cairney and the recalled Lucas Piazon appeared to give Fulham a commanding lead, but Jokanovic felt that his side failed to recover from the shock of conceding Massimo Luongo’s volley deep into first half stoppage time. Rangers levelled through Pawel Wszolek in the last ten minutes and the Fulham head coach cut a disappointed figure during his post-match press conference.
To be honest, we didn’t find our best performance. We had possession of the ball, but we were a little bit sloppy. We scored two goals in the first-half and had the situation more or less under control, but their first goal did important damage.
We weren’t comfortable enough in this situation. Then, after a mistake, they scored a second and they deserved it because they created some chances. There’s no reason to change our style now and we didn’t try to change it. We tried to make an impact by putting our players in between lines.
The Serbian head coach explained that he was looking to enliven his side by making a controversial double change in the second half that saw Rui Fonte and Sheyi Ojo replace Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon but that move ultimately had the opposite effect.
With Rui Fonte we tried to find one player who can connect between the lines. The same with Floyd. These are the reasons why I made these substitutions. Simply, we weren’t strong enough to find our best performance. On the other side, we deserved to win the game after the first 45 minutes, but they equalised and changed the game. We can’t be satisfied, but it’s part of football.
Jokanovic also made light of the fact that the result meant Fulham had set a new club record by going sixteen competitive games unbeaten – and urged his side to make setback merely a blip by bouncing back strongly at Norwich on Good Friday.
I’m not here to fight for records – I am here to win games. We didn’t win today, but I must accept that sometimes we won’t find our best performances and this can lead to losing some points after nine victories at home. We need to be strong and get ready for the next steps.