Head Coach Reaction

Wednesday 24 August 2016 23:30

Slaviša Jokanović was proud of his Fulham team after watching them put Premier League side Middlesbrough out of the EFL Cup.

The Head Coach made a number of personnel changes for the Second Round tie at Craven Cottage, and his decision was justified with a 2-1 victory after extra-time.

“I have to be proud,” he stated. “We showed quality, we showed the right spirit, we showed character. At the end I thought we deserved to win this game.

“I’m proud of what they did in the game, how they fought. We showed we are a united group in this moment, and this is the best news for us.

“This is my squad. I made more changes than Aitor [Karanka] made for this game. Everything is logical. We’ve played six games. For him it’s the third game and their next game is Sunday.

“We are going to play Saturday and after this it’s the international break. I believe I did my job with logic, and at the same time Aitor Karanka did his job with logic. I don’t believe I surprised anybody with my decision.”

After the match, Jokanović was asked about comments he made following the Whites’ draw with Cardiff City at the weekend.

“I never had any plans to leave Fulham,” he stressed. “If I complain about something it’s because I want the best for my team, my teammates, the supporters too.

“I want to be successful, and this is very good for my team, for the supporters, for the Club, too. If I am successful, people around me are going to be, too.”

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