Head Coach Reaction

Sunday 26 August 2018 19:00

Slaviša Jokanović was delighted to see his Fulham team get off the mark in the Premier League, but would have liked it to have been slightly more routine.

After five first half goals saw the Whites edge things 3-2, the crucial fourth threatened to not arrive despite numerous attempts, although Andre Schürrle finally provided some daylight with his 83rd minute finish.

“We played well today,” Jokanović stated. “We must work hard daily at the training ground and look for our best performance.

“We played bravely, we showed ambition to score the goals, we showed ambition to push forward and look for a second and third and fourth.

“This fourth goal, from my point of view, arrived a little bit late for us. Between the third and fourth we had many chances to finish the game off, but fortunately we scored the goal and killed the game.”

Fulham played with the attacking swagger that won so many admirers last season, with Burnley struggling to cope at times with the relentless waves of pressure.

And Jokanović admitted that the manner of the win will only benefit his team.

“This performance and this victory is a big boost for us in this moment,” he said. “We can be satisfied with our performance today.

“I don’t want to think about negative things now, but we know there is a lot of room ahead of us for improvement. We must keep going, work hard at the training ground, and be available to find our best way to win games.

“I made five changes this afternoon. These 11 players I chose today performed really well. We must immediately show a desire to work hard and push all together to try and be at our highest level for the next game.

“I try to find the best solution to win the game. Sometimes the plan works, sometimes it doesn’t work.

“We are not kids, this is the highest level of professional football. We must show humility, push hard and fight.

“This kind of performances encourages me, my team, the people in the stands.”