Slavisa Jokanovic saluted Fulham’s ‘great effort’ as late Tottenham goals condemned his side to a second successive Premier League defeat at Wembley this afternoon.
The Serbian coach was delighted with the Whites’ response to going behind just before half time as Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised after a fine passing move, but Fulham’s hopes of gaining a point from their London rivals disappeared in the final quarter of an intriguing contest after a fine free-kick from Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane’s third in the closing stages.
Speaking to the press after the final whistle, Jokanovic was encouraged by Fulham’s performance.
“It’s Premier League, everything is tough and at the end it’s strange for us because my team made a great effort and we push hard and we are competing well. We find problems which are normal through the game, Spurs compete well and press us strong and we didn’t find, especially in first 45 minutes, to combat and at the end they score this psychological goal in a complicated moment for us and we start second half well.
“This is probably our best moment in the game, we take over the possession and we start to move the ball and create chances and score the goal. We have the opportunity to score the second too, at the end they show the quality and after the free kick they score one goal and immediately after this score twice. It wouldn’t be easy for us to come back and it was probably the crucial moment in the game where they killed the game after the third goal and we didn’t have the power to come back.”