Head Coach Reaction

Tuesday 26 December 2017 18:00

Slaviša Jokanović was delighted to give the Fulham faithful the perfect Christmas present with victory over Cardiff City.

A slick attacking display earned his side a 4-2 victory in the Welsh capital, and when complimented by the press on how the Whites performed, our Head Coach replied: “It’s true we played well. We scored four goals, we created chances.

“I believe we should have had a penalty before Tim Ream scored the first goal. We defended well, we didn’t drop into our box, we tried to hold the line and defend high.

“The team showed great spirit with the ball, but without the ball too. Normally we are the winner in terms of possession of the ball, but today we were a little bit more clinical. We scored the goals and we showed we can be solid without the ball too.”

The Bluebirds were sitting in the automatic promotion spots prior to kick-off, having not lost at home all season, making the Whites’ victory all the more impressive.

“It’s a tough team for everyone,” Jokanović said. “We know how difficult it is to play against Cardiff at the moment, they’re a really solid and strong team.

“It’s only three points, but it’s important. I know how important it is for our supporters to win on Boxing Day and I must be happy for them and happy for my players.

“We showed we can still be competitive, and I expect we are going to try and move ourselves in the January transfer window to be stronger and help us fight until the end of the Championship.”

The festive period has been faultless so far for Fulham, with the Boxing Day win following up victory over Barnsley.

Hull City provide the final opposition of 2017, and that is as far ahead as Jokanović is currently looking.

“I hope we can achieve three points in the next game we play against Hull,” he responded when asked what his side can achieve in the current campaign. “At the end of the season, where are we going to finish, I don’t know.

“When we compare this season with last season after 24 games, last season we won 36, this year it’s 35. There doesn’t exist a big difference between points when you compare with our Play-Off season.

“We must keep going, we’re not surrendering in this competition. We can improve ourselves, [but] games like today encourage me, the Club and our supporters to believe we can be competitive in the Championship and fight for important targets.”

Ryan Sessegnon was deployed on the left-wing for the first time since netting a hat-trick at Sheffield United, and ended the day with a goal and assist to his name.

“He is 17-years-old and at the moment I use him as a left-back,” Jokanović explained. “People are happier when he plays in a more offensive wide position. In the end, it depends on my team, it depends on how I can use my players.

“I prefer to use Floyd Ayité as a winger. I couldn’t do that today because I felt the best option for the team was to use him as a striker.

“This is the same situation with Ryan Sessegnon, he can play well in both positions, he is only 17, and he has many games behind him but all of us believe he’s still going to get better in the future. There is huge space in front of him to improve, and he can improve in both positions.”