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Jokanovic knows Fulham have to raise their game

last updated Friday 03rd November 2017, 1:12 PM

Fulham Football Club

Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham travel to League leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday evening and Coach Slavisa Jokanovic knows that the Whites will have to raise their level in order to combat the side that currently sits top of the Championship table.

“This is a very tough and important game for us,” stated Jokanovic. “The last few games we have not been at our best level. This is a great chance for us to show a different face.

“We didn’t show enough of a good performance and we must be brave, confident and we must push to work hard.

“We must work in a positive way to get to our highest level, this is our job.

“We are 13 points behind Wolves, six points behind the play-off spots and have two points less than we had after 15 games last season, but there is a long period ahead of us.

“We know we are not at our best level, but we cannot be depressed. It's a frustrating situation for myself, my players and our supporters but we cannot give up and there is a long way in front of us.

“We deserve the criticism around us and this is natural."

Jokanovic knows the attacking threat that Wolverhampton Wanderers possess, having scored 27 goals in 15 matches in the Championship so far this season.

“Wolves have played very well. They are the top scoring team in the division with very offensive players that can find goals alone, they don’t need so many elements.

“They are very dangerous on the counter-attack and they brought important players into the squad and show they want to be a Premier League team.

“At the moment they are going in a good way but we will see what happens with 31 games in front of us.”

On Tuesday evening, Wolves beat Norwich City 2-0 at Carrow Road with goals from Willy Boly and Leo Bonatini securing all three points.

“After an important win against Norwich they will be motivated with confidence to push to win the match. We must be extra focused and concentrate. Where we have the chance to damage them we must be able, brave and clever.

“I believe we can play better football than we have played,” he said. “The Bristol match was not our realistic level, we were not clinical enough.”

Aboubakar Kamara received a red card against Bristol City and the Head Coach is hopeful that the decision to appeal will go Fulham’s way.

“We are going to know this afternoon, we believe he pushed on the chest of the Bristol player.

“We have the chance to win the appeal, and in theory I could use him for tomorrow's game.

“The situation was clear for us. The other side of it is that Kamara gave the chance for the referee to take this decision.

“We cannot do this kind of thing in important moments. Now what we want to do is fix this situation and see if he can feature for us against Wolves."

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