Head Coach Reaction

Saturday 13 January 2018 17:55

Slaviša Jokanović heralded his team for a “great win” and was very happy that Fulham found a way to take three points from The Riverside.

Oliver Norwood’s penalty deep into second-half stoppage time was the only goal of the match, as the Whites won on Teesside for the first time since 1984.

“We must be satisfied,” the Head Coach said. “It was a great win for us. This kind of victory—when we’re fighting for important targets—we must win the types of game like the one we won today.

“This type of victory 100% encourages us, fills us with confidence, and gets us ready for the challenge that is ahead of us.”

When he was asked if he expected to find a goal so late in the match, the Head Coach responded: “Why not? In the last 20 minutes we started to dominate the game, playing with more confidence. We moved the ball well and created some half-chances.”

Jokanović was pleased with his side’s grit, as they kept pushing until the final whistle. “We didn’t plan to win the game with this type of moment, but it’s a part of the game. It’s part of the competition. And we must be especially satisfied with the result.

“It’s a positive success for us. This is only three points, but it gives us a positive push for the next challenge that is ahead of us.”

The Head Coach didn’t want to rest on his laurels though, and encouraged his side to keep working.

“At the end of the day these are important points and it’s important, when we fight for our targets, to win these types of games,” he said.

“I expect we’re going to have a positive week ahead of us, working hard and getting ready for the next step.”