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Jokanovic insists no need to panic

last updated Friday 25th August 2017, 9:07 AM

Fulham Football Club

Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic has insisted there is no need to panic about Fulham's start to the season as they prepare to face top-of-the-table Ipswich on Saturday.

The side have lost once and drawn three times in their opening four games and have gone out of the Carabao Cup after losing 1-0 to League One Bristol Rovers at the Cottage on Saturday and have yet to find the form that saw them into the Play-offs last season.

However, the core of that side are still at the club, with Tom Cairney having signed a new deal while the club's recruitment department have added several players to the squad, including Aboubakar Kamara and Rui Fonte to name but two.

Some section of the Fulham support are starting to worry a top six finish may be out of reach after the poor start and that the new signings aren't yet firing, however Jokanovic has no concerns about the league table and backs his side to come good, but admits they need the confidence to achieve again this season.

He said: "It is a very long season, it's true at the moment Ipswich find very good results and they build a style and identity many years ago and they have followed the similar way.

"They play with confidence and won the points but in this moment the league table doesn't matter too much to me and other coaches - it's only four games behind us.

"We are a in simple situation now, we make some analysis on the games that are behind us, we were very close to winning the games - we could win the game against Norwich and we were close to winning against Leeds too.

"I believe we deserved something against Sheffield Wednesday and for another side we know at this moment we are not at our best level and we must be optimistic and play with confidence and with ambition to be in our normal level.

"A few new players join us in the last few weeks, some in the last few days and we still try to find the best way to adapt themselves in our style and explaining to them the best way to help us.

"At the end, in the football, we don't need to panic - last season at this time if you asked me if we were be promoted or not I cannot give you any answer like I cannot give you the answer now where we will finish in May.

"I believe we are a team who will fight for the top table and we will push in this direction without looking behind us and for us our job is to fix some of the mistakes and bring the confidence and the ambition to the team and be confident that we can improve our level because we believe the space exists to be more competitive.

"At the beginning we'd attack but we have some problems in front of the opposition goal and in general I complain about not being clinical in front of goal, Ipswich shoot eleven times in four games and put in the net nine goals - this is part of the game too and I expect we can improve ourself."

Jokanovic praised Ipswich's strong start to the season and believes Mick McCarthy's plan is working perfectly.

The Tractor Boys haven't lost a single game in the league so far this season and have one of the most interesting stats of the campaign too - having scored nine goals from only eleven shots on target.

Fulham visit Portman Road on Saturday still looking for their first win of the season, having drawn three times and lost once in their four outings so far, but the manager believes they will have to deal with an aggressive style of play in order to come out on top.

He said: "Ipswich built up their style many years ago and they are not a defensive team, they are very aggressive and really organised.

"In this moment, all the plans from Mick McCarthy are working perfectly and it isn't a question about playing defensive football, it's completely different and he is experience and knows what he wants.

"He knows what kind of game he wants, at the moment his plan is working fantastic.

"Last season they tried, especially in the game at home, they tried to press us with many players and the last game against Brentford they waited in the third part of the pitch and with their shape they started being more aggressive.

"We are ready for both situations but it is simple, it's not a team who wants to have possession of the ball - they want to attack with many players arriving in the box and try and find a solution this way.

"They didn't make so many changes and the intensity of this team is the same as many times ago."

Source Ryan O'Donovan at GetWestLondon
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