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Jokanovic delighted with Fulham performance

last updated Saturday 15th April 2017, 10:50 AM

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Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic
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Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic was delighted with the performance of his Fulham side at a hostile Carrow Road on a perfect Easter Friday for the Whites.

Playing with 10 men for the entirety of the second half Fulham battled to an impressive 3-1 victory to remain in touch of the top 6.

“We played 45 or 50 minutes with one player less than them,” Jokanovic said. “It’s a complicated place, they have only lost three games all season.

“In this crucial, important moment we are in right now, this situation. We believe in ourselves, we play with confidence and we are fighting for top six.

“We will continue to fight and battle. Now our focus is on Aston Villa.”

With the Whites holding on to a slim 1-0 lead heading into half-time Chris Martin was shown a straight red card challenging for a lofted goal kick.

When asked about the incident, the Head Coach said that the Club would be appealing the decision.

“Chris Martin did touch the opposite player with his hand, but no moment of danger existed to hit or hurt him,” he said. “All the time they were pushing each other and unfortunately for us the referee interpreted the situation as aggression and sent him off.

“We must appeal, he is an important player for us and I am sure, because I was in a better position than the referee in this situation.

“For important days like us, it was a complicated decision. But it’s part of football and that’s it, I think they are going to understand our application.”

Despite the setback the Fulham side dug in and solidified throughout the field, frustrating the home fans and looking to catch Norwich on the counter.

The stoic nature of the defensive performance and desire to keep Norwich at bay was particularly pleasing for Jokanovic but he insists attention has already turned to Aston Villa on Monday at Craven Cottage.

“All the team arrived in the second half with a defensive mind,” he reflected. “We know we have to be organised and support each other, but we expect we are going to find some chances in the offensive transition.

“We caught them a few times, we scored two goals it’s important for us and it’s a great performance.

“In front of us is another important game. For us we must clear minds, refresh the body and be ready for another challenge in front of us.”

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