Slaviša Jokanović thought his team “played a very good game” to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 on a chilly night at Craven Cottage.
Ryan Sessegnon opened the scoring with an intelligent close-range finish in the 38th minute, and Aleksandar Mitrović doubled the Whites advantage with a sublime solo effort in the 71st.
“I definitely believe this was one of the best games we had at this level,” Jokanović said. “My team played a very good game.”
The Head Coach was full of praise for how his side set about overcoming the league leaders, given the strength of the away team. “Wolves are a strong, fast team,” he noted. “We showed we can play against them. We came through adversity. We were brave, with great attitudes.
“We tried to not give them any space to move and at the end of the day we scored the necessary goals. Besides a good chance for them at the end of the game, we controlled the match—especially in the second half—and we must be satisfied.”
While Jokanović was quick to emphasise how good the entire team was, he also singled Mitrović out for special praise. “The whole team played a very good game. But Mitrović opens up different options for us,” Jokanović said.
“He scored a goal, he worked in the right direction for the team, and he held the ball up many times. He worked well off the ball too. He must be satisfied with his performance, just like we are satisfied with his performance. “
Still, the Head Coach was insistent on making sure it was the whole squad that was recognised. “I want to underline that it’s the whole team that is working well,” he said.
When he was asked if he thought the Whites could climb up into one of the top two positions, Jokanović was adamant that he was sticking with his game-by-game approach. “I am only looking at the next game,” the Head Coach replied.
“The next game will give us an opportunity to fight for three points. This match will be soon be part of the past, and there will soon be another game, more important than the one today.”
Jokanović also was proud of Sessegnon, and praised the teenager’s almost telekinetic ability to sniff out a goal. “He has arrived many times at the right moment and in the right position to score a goal,” the Head Coach said. “He has a special sense for just where the ball is going to arrive.
“He’s showed this ability of his many times. He’s a special kid with a special ability.”