Head Coach Reaction

Tuesday 31 October 2017 22:02

Slaviša Jokanović was frustrated that a tactical switch failed to pay off against Bristol City on Tuesday evening.

The Fulham Head Coach opted for a wing-back formation with three central defenders to try and solidify things, but his side found themselves two goals down at the break.

“That wasn’t the best version of us,” he admitted. “To be honest, Bristol City played better football than us. They played at a different pace.

“I changed the shape to try and find a solution and get a clean sheet and be a little more solid from the back. This plan didn’t work well and it’s completely my responsibility.

“We were a bit confused in the first 45 minutes. We tried to be a little bit more solid, a little bit more confident, in our box, but we didn’t find the solution.

“In the second half we tried something different, but after the sending off we lost the chance to come back.”

The incident he refers to went unnoticed by the majority inside Craven Cottage, as Aboubakar Kamara was given his marching orders following an off the ball incident.

“I didn’t see on the pitch but when I checked the match analysis, Aboubakar pushed him in the chest,” he explained.

“This kind of challenge happens many times in the Championship, but from another side he made the mistake of giving the referee the chance to show him a red card.

“We are going to appeal because we believe sending him off wasn’t the right action. This was a crucial moment, but in all the game we weren’t at our best, and Bristol City deserve these three points.”

The result leaves the Whites sitting 15th in the standings, but Jokanović knows there is a lot of football still to be played.

“I’m the Head Coach and I take all the responsibility for today’s defeat,” he said. “We’ve got two points less than we did after 15 games last season.

“We are four points behind the top-six and the challenge for us is to be brave, confident, and I am sure we’re going to come back and fight for the top of the Championship table this season.”