Jokanović Reaction

Saturday 2 January 2016 17:59

Slaviša Jokanović believes it will take time to implement his style of football on the Fulham team.

The Serbian took charge of the Whites for the first time on Saturday but saw Fulham go down to a 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

The hosts dominated proceedings, enjoying nearly 70 per cent possession, but were beaten by a stunning long-range strike by Ross Wallace just before the half-hour mark.

“It’s normal I’m disappointed with the result,” Fulham’s Head Coach told the media afterwards. “We played 60 minutes of very good football, but they scored a fantastic goal. It’s frustrating but I’m not David Copperfield, I cannot fix problems, we have to try and find the right way for us.

“You need to find the balance between attack and defence. We had 71 per cent possession but didn’t make enough dangerous situations. We're a very good team with the ball but we need to improve without it.”

Back in English football after leaving Watford last summer, Jokanović is looking forward to the challenge that awaits him in SW6.

“I’m very happy, I’m very excited,” he said. “Many Fulham fans have sent me messages on social media and I know they believe I can help them. They have accepted my appointment and I’m going to work hard. It was a disappointing day for me because we didn’t win any points but it’s exciting.”

Fulham now turn their attentions away from the league and a chance for immediate revenge when they head to Wednesday’s Hillsborough in the Third Round of the FA Cup next weekend.

“This is not the time for talking about promotion, we need to be realistic,” he added. “The simple thing for us is thinking about the next step and for us that’s Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup. We need to be brave, be strong and work hard. I need a little bit of time, I’m not a magic guy. But my team will soon start to understand my way, my philosophy and things will be better as we try to improve.”

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