Jokanovic wary of Sheffield attackers

last updated Tuesday 06th March 2018, 12:49 PM

Fulham Football Club

Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic anticipates an attacking performance from Sheffield United this evening.

The sides played out a remarkable nine-goal thriller at Bramall Lane earlier in the season, and Jokanovic is aware of the weapons in the Blades’ armoury.

“They are an offensive team, like us, they have important offensive players,” he said. “They try and play in the last third, they score goals.

“They have [Leon] Clarke with 15 goals, [Billy] Sharp with 12, and [Clayton] Donaldson with five goals. They are always looking to dominate the game.

“We played a little bit of a strange game against them which we won after conceding four goals. We cannot expect something similar, but I am sure they are going to try and do us damage.

“They have a serious option of playing in the Play-Offs. They spent half the season in the top-two and they only recently dropped out of the Play-Off positions. It’s a strong, tough, and really complicated team to play against.

“They are going to look to score the goals, so we must follow our style and show ambition, show desire to do them damage.”

Fulham have lost just twice since that 4-5 encounter back in November, and victory at the Cottage could move us to within two points of the automatic spots.

For Jokanovic, though, the only immediate target is the next fixture.

“Each game, that’s the focus,” he insisted. “I’m not looking at where we’re going to finish.

“Now all we’re thinking about is the Sheffield United game. After this result our only target is the Preston game, and that’s it.”

Chris Wilder’s side have gone seven days without playing after their weekend match was postponed due to the weather, not that Jokanovic expects that to give our opponents any advantage.

“I’m not thinking in this direction,” he stated. “They rested this weekend but there’s a huge number of games and there are no guarantees.

“We trust our team is well prepared, we trust we are ready mentally and physically for the game, and we’re going to look to push hard to find our best performance.

“We have great support at Craven Cottage, [and] in our away games too. It’s very important for us that people trust what we are doing.

“There will be a really important push from the stands on tonight.”

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