Head Coach Reaction

Tuesday 8 March 2016 22:20

Slaviša Jokanović was frustrated that what was a good performance from Fulham on the whole, went unrewarded against a clinical Burnley.

After falling behind to Sam Vokes’ header, two excellent moves saw the Whites turn the game on its head as Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembélé applied the finishing touches.

But a Vokes penalty and a venomous strike from the Sky Bet Championship’s top scorer Andre Gray in the second half saw the Clarets extend their lead at the top of the table. 

“Yes, we did play a very good game,” Jokanović reflected in his post-match press conference. “But more important in this sport is the result.

“We were weak in a few situations and it’s very difficult to take. We can’t rely on scoring four goals to win the game. We need to push harder and be more solid in the game in order to win the three points.

“In many games we score plenty of goals, but these goals aren’t enough to give us three points at the moment.”

Burnley scored all three of their shots on target in the game, half the number managed by Fulham, and our Head Coach lamented the manner in which his side conceded.

“This is the fifth penalty in the last nine games,” he stated. “We have given away many unnecessary penalties.

“Today, their second goal was from a throw-in. And then the last goal was a one on one situation and he made it look very easy.

“We played very good football and made chances but didn’t take them. This is our moment, our situation, and we need to keep going and be more solid.”

The defeat leaves the Whites sitting just two points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Bristol City who sit below us on goal difference alone.

“We are under more pressure than we were a few weeks before,” Jokanović admitted. “This is part of football. We need to be brave, be men and keep going.

“We need to be ready for a fight.” 

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