Head Coach Reaction

Tuesday 25 September 2018 22:40

Slavisa Jokanović was happy with his side’s performance against Millwall, as the Whites progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a comfortable 3-1 victory at The Den. 

 

Goals from Joe Bryan, Luca de la Torre and Cyrus Christie ensured victory for the visitors.

 

Fulham’s Head Coach opted to go for three at the back, and is open to experimenting with the formation again in the future. 

 

“Today, we played well,” said Jokanović.

 

“In the last game against Watford, we had a defensive problem in the first half and in the second half we fixed it. I always try to find a solution. 

 

“We tried to prepare well for this game, and in the end the team interpreted the situation both offensively and defensively. It’s something different, but sometimes you need to change things. 

 

“This is one way to play football, so why not try it?”

 

On a night full of positives for the Whites, American international Luca de la Torre scored his first professional and Fulham’s Head Coach was quick to praise the midfielder’s desire and determination. 

“Luca’s a really great lad and he played well - two assists and one goal,” stated Jokanovic.

“He’s worked a long time with me. I haven’t had space to given many chances, but he has never stopped pushing forward, has shown personality and professionalism in training. He’s never given up and he’s never surrendered. 

“I can’t promise anything, but he’s showed many positives. He enjoyed scoring his first goal for the team, as did Joe Bryan, who played well too. It has been a positive night for us. 

“We’ll try and find a solution, and think how we can use different players, in different moments, or different formations. 

“The shape today worked well enough and we are open to variation. We’ll check whether we can play with this shape in the future.”

15 year old Harvey Elliott made history, become the youngest ever player to play for the first team.

“Harvey’s trained with us a few times,” explained Jokanović. 

“He's definitely a talented kid, whose shown some kind of quality and we believe this was an opportunity how we performs at a senior level. He moved the ball with quality and speed. 

“I didn’t want to put him in trouble. When the game started to look comfortable, I gave him a chance. 

“In the end, it was a great opportunity for him. The future’s bright, but he must go back to school tomorrow.”