JOKA: LET’S DO A RED STAR AT AN­FIELD

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Your Tv Guide - BY HARRY PRATT

FUL­HAM boss Slav­isa Jokanovic is urg­ing his base­ment boys to take a leaf from Red Star Bel­grade when they face ti­tlechas­ing Liver­pool this af­ter­noon.

The Ser­bian out­fit stunned Jur­gen Klopp’s Premier League high-fliers in mid­week by beat­ing them 2-0 in the Cham­pi­ons League.

That was Red Star’s first-ever group vic­tory in the com­pe­ti­tion and, ac­cord­ing to Jokanovic, it proves what his strug­glers can achieve at An­field – no mat­ter the odds.

Call­ing for greater grit, de­sire and hunger from his play­ers, he pointed to the shin­ing ex­am­ple set by the hosts in Bel­grade.

Jokanovic (right), who both played for and man­aged Red Star’s bit­ter ri­vals Par­ti­san, said: “They de­served to win the game. What Red Star did was quite sen­sa­tional.

“They were se­ri­ously fight­ing al­to­gether – and Liver­pool were sur­prised. They tried to change their game, but found it too hard.

“The fight Red Star showed, they way they worked, is ex­actly what I want my team to show.

“In the end, it was just one more sur­prise re­sult in foot­ball. But it showed you never know what hap­pens in this game.

“Any­thing is pos­si­ble and any gap can be closed – by be­ing a team and fight­ing to­gether.”

Those in­gre­di­ents were sorely miss­ing in Ful­ham’s per­for­mance last Mon­day when they lost 1-0 at Hud­der­s­field.

But un­der-fire

Jokanovic said: “I do not scream at play­ers af­ter­wards. I say ev­ery­thing I need to be­fore­hand and at half-time.

“Right now, we must be more solid and ag­gres­sive.”

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