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Fulham boss Jokanovic concentrated on new season

last updated Saturday 05th August 2017, 11:55 AM


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Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
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Forget about Fulham suffering a play-off hangover at the start of the season; Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has forgotten who Fulham were beaten by last term.

The west Londoners were seen as favourites going into their game with Reading but the Royals outthought them to reach Wembley, where they were beaten by Huddersfield.

It is not uncommon for teams to stutter at the start of the season, given the later finish to the campaign but Jokanovic isn't thinking about that.

“We play-off against Sheffield? I forget," the Fulham head coach joked before adding: "It's not important. It was last season. We were stressed three days after but I'm not thinking about the play-off games.

“It's only the present and future for us. On Saturday, we're going to start at 3pm. I don't have time to look behind and how we didn't do enough there.

“It's only what we can do now. Last season is over. We offered some interesting things. We've built a style and we're trying to grow up and be better this season.”

Some teams, though, come out with a renewed determination and Jokanovic believes his team will be more like Brighton than Derby were last campaign.

He added: “They look like they're ready to go. You can find bad examples and good examples. Sheffield Wednesday finished in the top six the last season in the top six.

“I'm sure they're looking to be promoted. I am not thinking about the Reading game. We're going to face them in the second game and we'll fight them once more in a new season and a new situation.

“Last season is over. We have some memories and we have to be focused on the competition in front of us.”

Sheffield Wednesday is clearly a side that Jokanovic believes will be fighting for promotion but he believes there are 10 others in that hunt.

He explained: “This is complicated. I explained that I believe half the Championship will start the season aiming for promotion.

“Remember last season, nobody bet on us being at the top of the table and then saw us as a surprise when we finished in the top six.

“It wasn't enough to be promoted. I expect some surprise. Every year there's a team or club that you don't believe to be ready to be at the top of the table finishing at the top.

“We saw that from Huddersfield. They are enjoying the Premier League experience and wish them all the best.”























Source Tom Moore at Get West London

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