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Jokanovic expecting a tough game against Burton

last updated Saturday 20th January 2018, 11:59 AM

Fulham Football Club

Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is expecting a "long game" against Burton Albion today.

The Brewers travel to Craven Cottage in the Championship relegation zone, but they have won their last three league games on the road - against Bolton Wanderers, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday.

However, the Whites are in resurgent form, unbeaten in their last five, and just one point off the play-off places.

Jokanovic said: "Their situation is clear, they need the points, but I don't know who needs the points more? Them or my team? I'm sure they're under pressure, but we're under pressure too."

And the Serbian boss knows his team may have to be patient against Nigel Clough's men.

He added: "Nigel Clough has done a fantastic job with this team, they have a fantastic record in away games. Six clean sheets in 13 games I think, it's an interesting statistic. Any club in the Championship playing at home doesn't find it easy [against them]. I think they have lost 5-0 and 4-1, but every other game is close.

"For us, like all the Championship games, it's going to be tough. We lost in September against them, I remember last season we saved one point at home against them in the 96th minute, they are in a relegation battle, but we have enough experience of the Championship to know it's not going to be easy for us.

"Two different styles, we expect a long game, they will be happy to wait for their chance, we must play with passion and wait for our chance. This game will be long, but we must be focused, concentrated and try not to make mistakes to complicate our life."

Martin Samuelsen is set to make his Burton Albion bow when they visit Craven Cottage today.

The 20-year-old winger is highly regarded at West Ham and has been sent out to the Championship side to get some valuable first team experience.

And he is set to make his debut against Fulham this afternoon.

The Brewers will be missing Will Miller after he was ruled out for the season with a knee injury, but Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic is wary of the threat the new Hammers loanee will pose.

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He said: "I expect he will start the game as they've lost Will Miller. Now without this player, it's this new guy from West Ham and he can be player that they don't need to change the team so much.

"He is a player who can play on the right wing immediately. He's a talented young man, he's shown great skill with goals, he's a good player one against one, a good player with the ball, but we have enough information about him and we will inform the players about all the team."

Source Lee Wilmot at getwestlondon
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