Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic had no complaints about the result against Manchester City.
Goals from Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling earned the Premier League champions a 3-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium, in what will be one of the Whites’ sternest tests of the campaign.
“It’s not easy to find something positive this afternoon,” Jokanovic stated. “To be honest, the result is completely fair.
“They played better football than us. They showed us their offensive threat. They moved the ball with quality and pace.
“In the end, we didn’t find our perfect level. We played a little shy, without finding a way to hurt them. We had an opportunity for an offensive transition, but we played without enough intention to score.
“I must accept the result, but we know we need to improve – we have to be faster, stronger, more organised, whilst following our style.
“It’s not good news for us that we’ve conceded in five consecutive games. At the end, we must be stronger, faster and brave in these situations.
“If we keep conceding goals like we did today and before, it’ll be tough us. Life is balanced, and football is balanced too, and we must find some sort of balance.
“If you give them this way to score the first goal, they’re not the best opponent to offer presents.
“It’s an exciting day for us, working in this stadium. It’s part of profession. I must be satisfied with my life.
“I must support our players and send our supporters a message that we can play better football than we did today. We’ll fight harder to be more successful in the future.”
Despite the calibre of opposition, Fulham refused to abandon their footballing philosophy, with Jokanovic keen for his side to stick to their principles.
“We will try and continue to follow our style,” he explained. “This was never going to be an easy game for us. I tried to find something logical and some sense.
“If I defend in our box with 11 players, I don’t believe it’s the right way. I don’t believe we would find something positive.
“Today, we didn’t find positives, but it was for different reasons we didn’t find our best level.
“But, for another side, the start of the first and second halves were terrible for us and it wasn’t easy for us to find the right way to hurt them.”