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Jokanovic: Fulham must make less mistakes

2018-11-02 10:46
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Slavisa Jokanovic was disappointed to have lost 2-0 to a much-changed Manchester City side but still found some positives from Fulham's fourth round League Cup exit.

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City manager Pep Guardiola made 10 changes to his team for the tie, although it wasn't exactly a second-string side, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus leading the City attack.

However, it was young Spanish striker Brahim Diaz who scored both goals at the Etihad Stadium.

After the game, Jokanovic gave his assessment to the Fulham website, saying: "We cannot be happy because we lost the game. We had the intention to be competitive, respect the competition, and try and go through.

"At the end of the day, we made some positive things, we showed some better kind of the defensive organisation than in the past, and we continued our learning and improving process.

"We played against City’s second team, if I can call this a second team. In this team was [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Vincent] Kompany, [Gabriel] Jesus, and these kinds of players.

"We tried to play football, be competitive and show our best face to pass into the next round. This game served to show us that we can be a little bit more organised, make less mistakes, show we can be a team off the ball, too.

"I’m unhappy with the result but some positives exist that I look at with optimism.

"Obviously they showed their quality, they showed the power and the speed. We made less mistakes but we still made some kind of mistake and could have found some better actions when they scored the goals.”

Fulham need to regroup quickly as they face Huddersfield Town in a Premier League six-pointer on Monday.

Jokanovic added: "It’s a really important game for both teams. We are going to go there with every intention of winning the game."

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