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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic remains upbeat

last updated Sunday 12th August 2018, 3:43 PM

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Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Head Coach Slavisa Jokanovic is remaining upbeat despite Fulham’s opening day defeat to Crystal Palace.

In an even encounter, a more clinical edge shown by the visitors earned them the spoils in a 2-0 win, but our Head Coach saw enough cause for optimism.

“We wanted to start the competition with a positive result,” he said. “We showed some positive things, and some negative things.

“It’s the first time we’ve tested ourselves at this level - we found more power, speed and quality, and we must adapt ourselves fast.

“I can’t fault my players. They put everything into it. We created some chances. Crystal Palace’s keeper made a few great saves.”

He continued: “We followed our style and moved the ball. On the defensive side, we found it hard to stop [Wilfried] Zaha and [Christian] Benteke, who showed quality.

“Palace know this level better than us. We competed well and didn't change our philosophy. Generally, I’m happy we followed the plan, but they punished us with speed, power and quality.

“For the first goal, [Jeffrey] Schlupp turned really quickly and smashed it in. For the second goal, we made a few mistakes and they finished the action and killed the game.

“At this level, you normally pay an expensive price for mistakes. We’re in a process of working and learning, and I’m sure we’ll be better during the weeks in front of us.

“It’s a fantastic afternoon. We can’t start crying after the first day. Premier League is back at Craven Cottage after four years.

“The atmosphere was fantastic. Our crowd pushed us, like always. It’s a shame that we can’t make them completely satisfied, but the fans know it’s not going to be easy. We’re ready for the challenge. We’re ready for the fight.”

Joe Bryan was one of seven debutants, but exited the action early after taking a knock.

“He has an ankle problem,” Jokanovic revealed. “He couldn't finish the game. I can't give you much more information.

“Today, I used Joe, who has been with us for only day – [Luciano] Vietto too. I take all the responsibility.

“I know it’s tough and complicated for the players. Bryan did a great job for us and will be a great addition to the team.”

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