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Jokanovic insists Fulham will continue with passing football

last updated Monday 13th August 2018, 1:08 PM

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Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic insists that Fulham will continue to play the style of football that has served them well in the past - but admits they must adapt to the Premier League.

The Cottagers were beaten on the opening day of the season by Crystal Palace, whose top flight know-how saw them allow the hosts to control possession before devastating them on the counter-attack.

Despite controlling the ball and trying to find openings, Fulham never really created any clear-cut chances, with their best efforts coming as a result of Aleksandar Mitrovic's strong hold-up play before turning and striking towards goal.

The defeat represents a learning curve for Fulham, but despite that, Jokanovic feels the way his side plays will benefit them more than defending deep and parking the bus.

Speaking after the game, he said: “First of all we are not in Championship, this is Premier League and for another side it’s a welcome for all of us to have the opportunity to test this level.

“I believe my team showed different positive things and I believe we can improve too - we must improve many things.

“We show more or less the style we want to follow and we must adapt ourselves and mentality say to ourselves we will find more power, more speed and more quality.

“Mistakes that we made in the past, they will be more expensive now than in the Championship.

“If you ask me if I will put the bus in my box and try to finish the game 0-0, I don’t have this quality in my team and it’s so complicated for us to do something like this.

“If you ask me if I make the risk, in all my life I make some kind of the risk, but this is what we are doing and I believe it is less risk than parking the bus and waiting for a 0-0.

Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka (left) and Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire. “Yes, we are going to try follow our style and we must adapt ourselves, we must adapt for this level.

“We are in a process and we need to work - if somebody didn’t make any investment they can probably be in better position than we are but we need to build the Premier League team.

“We are ready to do this, asking about the time is better but in general I believe two players that participate today after just two days working with us, we are going to get better.

Kevin McDonald is challenged by Christian Benteke during the Premier League match between Fulham and Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage on August 11, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images) “We need time.

“We need to adapt ourselves and I cannot answer whether we will need three days, you have enough experience and can answer how long it take to build one team.

“It’ll take some time, we are going to see what kind of time we are going to need but we are ready for working hard.

“I cannot criticise my team because we put everything that we can put on the field today, it wasn’t enough but I agree completely with you, we need to be optimistic and not give up.”

Source Ryan O'Donovan at football.london
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