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Jokanovic says it’s not time for celebration

last updated Wednesday 03rd May 2017, 5:43 PM


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Fulham coach Slavisa Jokanovic insists feet are being kept firmly on the ground as Fulham prepare for the final game of the regular season.

Last weekend’s draw with Brentford all but guaranteed a Play-Off spot for his side, but Jokanovic is not one for getting carried away.

“It’s not time for any celebration,” he stated. “At the moment we haven’t finished our job.

“We can be happy because we are virtually in the Play-Offs, but we have to be focused ahead of the work that is in front of us, and there are really important games in front of us.

“Mathematically we are still not in. A great chance is in front of us and I believe we are going to be in the Play-Offs.”

Sunday’s hosts Sheffield Wednesday are one possible opponent in the Semi-Finals, and when asked if victory would strike a psychological blow, Jokanovic replied: “It’s not a question about a message, it’s a question about what we want to do.

“We’re going to arrive in this historical place and play in front of 3,000 of our away supporters. We’re going to try and concentrate on everything that is around us and choose a team that we believe can win the game.

“The situation is a little bit different. We are under less pressure. From another side, we are only virtually in the Play-Offs and we must be ready for everything.

“We don’t go there for a vacation, a holiday, we’re going to arrive at this important stadium with ambition and desire to win the game.

“We arrive at this game with a similar intention of winning. If you ask me if I’m going to change 10 players, I’m not going to do it.

“From one side because I don’t have enough players, from another side because I don’t want my people to believe we are on some kind of vacation or that the job is done.

“We try and win all the games, no reason exists to arrive at this game with a different mentality.”

Fulham have competed well against the other Play-Off sides this season, winning three and drawing one of the five fixtures so far, notching 15 goals in the process.

But while he acknowledged that was a decent record, Jokanovic stressed that it’s what happens this month that matters.

“This is not important,” he explained. “At the end of the day, when we arrive at this game, everything that happened in the past will count for nothing.

“All four teams are going to start with a 25 per cent chance of being the promoted team. These results that are behind us don’t serve us so much for these games that we’re going to play.

“We are in a good level of form, we play with confidence and we play with great ambition. I expect we’re going to improve all aspects of our game for what’s in front of us.”























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