Head Coach Reaction

Saturday 2 December 2017 17:51

Slaviša Jokanović regretted Fulham’s slow start to the second half after going down to a 3-1 defeat at rivals Brentford.

The sides went into the break level at 1-1, but within eight minutes of the restart Romaine Sawyers had put the Bees in front, and Denis Odoi had been sent off for a second bookable offence.

“These were crucial situations in the game,” Jokanović admitted. “The second Brentford goal and the red card both came in four or five minutes, and this led to many problems in the last 40 minutes.

“We didn’t show a killer instinct today. We played very well in the first 45 minutes, created many things and showed the improvements that we made in the last games.

“It was complicated after we became one player less but we tried to show a reaction. We pushed, we hit the woodwork, but didn’t show enough energy to change our situation.

“We found many problems after the two situations at the start of the second half. We know Brentford, Brentford know us. We played well for 45 minutes, but we started sloppily in the beginning of the second half.

“It’s easy to analyse now, we conceded an easy goal and had the situation with the second yellow card for Denis Odoi. After this, it started to be really, really complicated for us. Brentford had a plan, they wanted to show improvement.”

Jokanović opted to play Stefan Johansen in a false nine position, and had the following to say when quizzed on the decision: “I try to choose what is best for my team. I play with strikers, I play with fake strikers too.

“We tried to fix this kind of the problem, but at the moment I didn’t fix it. I played a team that I thought was competitive, I picked the team that I thought would win the game.”