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Jokanovic pleased with Fulham character and confidence

last updated Saturday 22nd April 2017, 10:33 PM

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Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic
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Fulham coach Slavisa Jokanovic was pleased with the reaction shown by his team as they came from behind to comfortably defeat Huddersfield Town.

The Whites found themselves trailing early on at the John Smith’s Stadium, but four first half goals turned the game on its head and earned a huge win in the race for the Play-Offs.

“We conceded an early goal but this team showed great character and confidence and started to be braver and stronger,” Jokanovic explained. “We scored four goals in the first 45 minutes and managed the game to finish with the three points.

“We were organised very well and we created a few chances [in the second half]. We tried to manage the situation and my players understand. In the second half we did exactly what we had to do.

“I am very happy with how solid we are. I missed a clean sheet today. This is important for us. Okay, 4-1 is nice, a great result, but sometimes I miss 1-0 and I think maybe in the future I’ll be a little bit more lucky.

“We are in a good mental moment. We believe we can play good football and compete very well.”

Leeds United’s defeat at Burton Albion was a favourable result for Fulham, but Jokanovic insists he is not looking at how the teams around us are getting on.

“No, I am thinking only about Brentford, our next game,” he stated. “Two games are in front of us and anything can happen.

“It’s not time to look at the table, it’s time to rest our bodies and rest our minds and be fresh and push in the last two games in this regular part of the competition.

“I have enough experience in the Championship to know many strange things can happen. We cannot relax and think everything is done.”

Stefan Johansen netted Fulham’s final two goals of the afternoon, which Jokanovic – who is confident he’ll have the midfielder available for Brentford after limping off – says was just reward for his tireless running.

“Stefan did a fantastic job for the team,” he said. “He’s working hard, pushing and pressing very well, and he benefitted from this by scoring two goals. I’m happy with him and I’m happy with my team, which is more important.”

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