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Fulham not aggressive enough says Jokanovic

last updated Sunday 17th September 2017, 2:02 PM


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Fulham coach Slavisa Jokanovic felt the award of Burton Albion’s winning penalty was a strange one on Saturday afternoon.

Multiple replays failed to confirm what referee Stephen Martin had seen when he pointed to the spot early on in the second half, with Lucas Akins stepping up to slot in the winner from 12 yards.

Jokanovic refused to solely blame the defeat on the decision, though, admitting his side weren’t good enough at key moments.

“We gave them two advantages, and in this small game it’s not always easy to score the goals,” he explained. “They were cheap goals. We weren’t aggressive enough.

“The penalty was strange. Without talking too much, if this is a penalty… There was a situation with Floyd Ayite in the opposite box, one situation is a penalty and the other’s not a penalty.

“I don’t complain, I don’t want to talk about this, but today it was a strange attitude by the referee.”

Asked what was different compared to the previous trip to the Pirelli Stadium earlier in the year which Fulham won 2-0, Jokanovic replied: “We didn’t give them so many presents last game like today, we didn’t have this bad luck with the referee that we found today.

“We didn’t play worse than that day but in different moments we weren’t aggressive enough, we made some costly mistakes.

“We created the chances like we always make, we missed the chances that we always make. We weren’t aggressive enough, and we paid an expensive price for our mistakes. For a long time we’ve paid an expensive price for similar mistakes.”

The defeat leaves the Whites on 10 points from eight games, and Jokanovic wants to see more from his team in the coming matches.

“We want to fight for more things, we want to be better, but right now we have not improved so much,” he stated. “If we don’t show more ambition to win the game against Burton, it’s complicated to think about more important things.

“The time in front of us is for working and trying to improve. We are not in a good enough level at the moment and we have to push harder to improve.”























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