Slavisa Jokanovic recognised Fulham’s win over Leeds United at Craven Cottage this evening represented ‘a good result‘ – but admitted that his side are relying on Cardiff City slipping up during the Championship run in if they are to achieve automatic promotion.
Goals from Kevin McDonald and Aleksandar Mitrovic either side of half-time ensured that the Whites stretched their unbeaten league run to eighteen games and Jokanovic told his post-match press conference that he was pleased with his side’s desire and the quality of their football.
It’s a good result. We started the game very well, put them under pressure, we dominated, created many chances and, in the end, we were a little lucky to score our first goal. In the second half, Leeds started to find some gaps in between the lines, and stared to connect better, especially Pablo Hernandez and Samuel Saiz.
The Serbian head coach heaped praise on goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli for his pivotal save from Caleb Ekeban that was followed by a sweeping move that culminated with Mitrovic doubling Fulham’s lead at the other end.
After Marcus Bettinelli made a great save, we showed quality in our offensive transition. We’re an offensive team, we created many chances and it’s great news that we finished the game with another clean sheet. It’s very important to show that we can survive these difficult moments.
Jokanovic insisted that he was now only focusing on Saturday’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday and reiterated that Neil Warnock’s side were the ones in control of their destiny behind Wolves at the top of the table.
All we can do is prepare ourselves and get ready for the next game. Everything is in Cardiff’s hands. There’s a big points difference between us. Now they have hard games ahead, but I believe they’ll win. We’ll try and do our job. We must keep trying for our supporters. At the end, it’s not a chase. They need to make mistakes if we’re to have any chance of catching them.
I am proud of how hard my team is working and how they try to push to win these games. I am proud because they’ve never given up. I don’t know if we can catch Cardiff. I really can’t answer this question. I only care about my team and that’s it.