Head Coach Reaction

Saturday 20 February 2016 18:15

Slaviša Jokanović was pleased to see his tactical switch at half-time pay dividends as Fulham claimed a 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

The Whites began with a 4-4-2 formation and led at the break through Tom Cairney’s fine strike, although the visitors had proved more than a match in the opening 45.

Jokanović introduced Michael Madl and Chris Baird at the interval as we switched to a 3-5-2, and the Austrian defender headed in our second from a corner before Cairney’s volley sealed matters.

“We played good football today,” Jokanović said. “In the first 45 minutes we found many difficulties and Charlton troubled us many times. It’s probably my mistake; we tried to play from the middle.

“I killed Ryan Fredericks and Luke Garbutt and didn’t find the right position for them. We scored the goal in the first 45 minutes but I wasn’t so happy so decided to switch the structure and we played better football in the second 45 minutes.

“After winning 3-0, after getting a clean sheet, after scoring a set-piece goal, we can be satisfied with our performance today.

“We can be satisfied, we can be happy with what we offered today for our supporters in our stadium. It’s over and the new test is in three days [at Leeds United]. Our obligation is to try and be in this level, and Tuesday night is a new chance for us.”

The win represented a first clean sheet for the Whites since mid-October, something which Jokanović wants to become more of a regular occurrence.

“It’s not easy to finish the game without conceding a goal,” he explained. “It’s great news for us and it’s great news to score a goal off a set-piece.

“It’s important, it’s not easy to always score three goals to win a game, sometimes you need to win 1-0 or something similar. It’s good for our confidence.

“At the end of this strange week we’ve won two London derbies and had one very poor performance at Blackburn. It’s a great afternoon for us but it’s over, the only important thing now is this game on Tuesday.”

Victory at Leeds will see Fulham leapfrog Steve Evans’ side in the table, and Jokanović is keen to see his players start putting wins together.

“We have to try to play with more confidence,” he stated. “Generally I believe we are a good group of footballers and we can still be a better team than what we actually are right now.

“To make important things you need to win games in a row. If you win one game but after you lose three then this is the wrong direction for us.”

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