Head Coach Reaction

Monday 14 May 2018 23:05

Slaviša Jokanović was a proud Head Coach after guiding his team to a first ever Play-Off victory.

The Whites recovered from a 1-0 First Leg defeat at Pride Park to triumph 2-1 on aggregate over Derby County, courtesy of second half efforts from Ryan Sessegnon and Denis Odoi.

“Today my team played fantastic football,” Jokanović said. “We controlled everything, we created many chances, we were really focused and organised, and didn’t give them many opportunities to make dangerous situations.

“In the second half we pushed stronger, scored two fantastic goals, and I must be really satisfied for the team, our supporters – we need this kind of happiness. These people deserve this night.”

Having been on a 23-match unbeaten run, some critics had begun to write off Fulham following consecutive defeats, but Jokanović was pleased with the reaction shown by his side.

“We improved our mentality,” he stated. “We played a little bit different and bad game against Birmingham, and we played a very good game against Derby first leg. This is my point of view.

“I know in football that the result is more important – if you lose the game people are not happy, but in the first and second legs we followed our style and we did an important job.”

An appearance at the national stadium is something that has alluded Fulham for decades, and while Jokanović was pleased to reach the Final, he knows nothing has been achieved yet.

“We haven’t played at Wembley for 43 years so this is great for us,” he admitted. “It’s great we beat many records this year, we are really satisfied, really proud and happy after this leg.

“But we know it’s not enough to take the fans to Wembley, now we need to work towards this game that is ahead of us. The whole season depends on this last game.

“We know how important it was to bring the team there, but it’s more important we show enough quality and confidence to win the game.

“Now we must clear our minds, rest our bodies, and start to prepare for this game which is in 12 days. We have time to be ready for the game.”