Head Coach Reaction

Saturday 22 September 2018 15:37

Considering Fulham’s start to the match, Slaviša Jokanović was pleased to claim a point on Saturday afternoon.

There was a sense of déjà vu when we found ourselves 1-0 down after two minutes, but a strong response from the Whites in the second half earned a deserved draw.

“We started really sloppy and soft, and gave them so much space to do damage,” Jokanović said in his post-match press conference.

“We encouraged ourselves and in the second half we showed we can move the football, showed attitude and showed character.

“In the end, we must be satisfied with a point today, and push forward, be brave and improve.

“There’s a huge gap for improvement. We must be available to work hard and improve. To start the game the way we started today, or how we started against [Manchester] City, it’s not easy to survive this situation.

“We must be focused, concentrate - this is the Premier League, the most competitive league in the world. These mistakes and sloppy starts can make it complicated to fix.

“We must be available to work. We must be available to step up. I need my players to be brave and confident.

“We must be satisfied with one point, but I’m not completely satisfied with our 90 minutes. The satisfaction comes from the second-half. There’s space for improvement, as the gap is huge.

“It’s my sixth game with 12 new players. Today’s situation is better than yesterday, and tomorrow will be better than today. We are in some kind of process and the players are gelling.”

Aleksandar Mitrović scored his fifth goal of the season to equalise for Fulham, and it would have been even better for the striker had it not been for a combination of Ben Foster and the crossbar.

“He’s great, he played well,” Jokanović stated. “It wasn’t easy for him, fighting against two Watford centre-backs, [but] he’s strong.

“He didn't find the space for many chances, but in the end he had two chances and scored one and hit the crossbar.

“He did his job and we’re satisfied with his level. He’s a brave man and I know he’s never really satisfied.”