Head Coach Reaction

Saturday 1 September 2018 18:23

Slaviša Jokanović was left with mixed emotions after his Fulham side let go of a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 against Brighton on Saturday afternoon. 

 

André Schürrle put Fulham ahead just before the break and then Aleksandar Mitrović doubled the lead but two Glenn Murray goals made sure the spoils were shared. 

 

“We had some mixed sensations,” said Jokanović, “After playing one hour very well, we showed our professionalism and after we were really solid we were then in some kind of trouble as we made important and sloppy mistakes and we paid an expensive price. 

 

“We must be satisfied we won a point for the first time in a Premier League game away from home and be unsatisfied completely in this kind of result away from home. 

 

“We want to show our ambition and our ambition for our supporters too, they go home with mixed sensations and won’t be completely satisfied. 

 

“It’s a great achievement for us, playing in the most important league in the world, now this is not enough, we want to win games and this is leaves us unsatisfied,” said Jokanović. 

Despite scoring another Premier League goal, Mitrović gave away a hand-ball and Murray scored from the resulting penalty, ensuring Brighton got a point from the game. 

 

The Fulham Head Coach said: “In the end we gave them some kind of present, it’s really bad luck, Mitrović touched the ball with his hand and he completed a really good game, scored a good goal, fighting well, this is part of football too and we must accept and try to fix some of the problems that we found during the game today.”

 

Fulham now face an international break before a trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City and Jokanović is looking to continue the hard work on the training ground. 

 

“We must keep going and working, I made some comment about how old is my team, I said before it is two-and-a-half, three-and-a-half, four-and-a-half, we are now a month old team and in general we know there is important room for improvement.”

 

“This period where there is an international break we are going to try to use it to build on our improvement and try to work altogether and find out better who is who in the team and try and be more competitive and try and win these kind of games like we played today,” he said. 

 

Asked once more about Mitrović, the Fulham Head Coach insisted the forward must be pleased overall with his performance. 

 

“He must be satisfied too, it’s hard for him, he touched the ball in our box with his hand but it’s part of football too.

 

“I am focussed on another part of the work, he scored another goal, he was fighting well, he was our target man and participated a lot, he must be satisfied. 

 

“These kind of mistakes are bad luck, it happens and he is strong enough not to be affected so much after this kind of situation,” said Jokanović.