Slavisa Jokanovic is refusing to concede that Fulham’s feint hopes of automatic promotion are over – despite Cardiff City’s commanding cushion in second place in the Championship.
The Bluebirds hold a seven point lead, with a game in hand over the Whites, after beating Burton Albion 3-1 yesterday – despite Fulham’s extraordinary seventeen-match unbeaten run. Jokanovic was encouraged by his side’s application in a hard-fought win at Norwich City on Good Friday and, whilst he admits he is just concentrating on maintaining the high levels of performances over the next few games, the Serbian coach isn’t quite ready to solely focusing on the play-offs just yet.
He told his post-match press conference at Carrow Road:
No, no. We are just focusing on winning the next few games. We know we need some help from Wolves and Cardiff but if they give us some help then we have to be in a position to take advantage. It’s not in our hands, so all we concentrate on are our own games. There are seven games left, 21 points to play for.
This is another big challenge out of the way and now we have to prepare for another big challenge at home to Leeds on Tuesday night. We just have to keep picking up good results and then see what happens in May. But I am not worried about that now, it’s only the next game I am thinking of.
Fulham stretched their unbeaten run further thanks to second half goals from midfielders Stefan Johansen and Tom Cairney after struggling to test Angus Gunn in the Norwich goal during a rather tame first half.