Sh­effield Wed­nes­day beat Ful­ham 1-0 on their trav­els

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Alex Brodie

FUL­HAM’S new head coach Slav­isa Jokanovic stressed he is not a ma­gi­cian and that changes in Ful­ham’s for­tunes will take time af­ter his first match in the Cot­tagers dugout ended in de­feat to pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

It took a first-half thun­der­bolt from Ross Wal­lace to sep­a­rate the sides and even though Ful­ham had the vast ma­jor­ity of pos­ses­sion, it was the visi­tors who cre­ated more and bet­ter chances.

Jokanovic was ap­pointed be­fore Tues­day’s vic­tory over Rother­ham, but this was his first match in charge and it ended with the Cot­tagers re­turn­ing to the form that pre­ceded his ar­rival.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult, but not the per­for­mance.We played 60 min­utes of very good foot­ball and they scored a fan­tas­tic goal.

“It’s frus­trat­ing, but I am not David Cop­per­field, I have come here to work, I will not fix prob­lems fast.We must find the bal­ance be­tween at­tack and de­fence. We had 71% of the ball but we didn’t make enough of dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions.”

Jokanovic got Wat­ford pro­moted from the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son and is glad to be back in Eng­land af­ter six months with Mac­cabi Tel Aviv.

“I am very happy and ex­cited. Many Ful­ham fans sent me mes­sages and be­lieve that I can help them. I’m really happy with how they ac­cepted me. I will work hard and push hard for them.”

With Sakari Mat­tila hold­ing for Ful­ham, Jamie O’Hara and Emer­son Hyn­d­man pushed for­ward and three chances fell to the ex-Spurs mid­fielder in the first half, but two were off tar­get and one well saved.

Wed­nes­day were sur­ren­der­ing much of the pos­ses­sion and let­ting Ful­ham’s back four have the ball as the home side were forced to work hard to find a way through.

Then the won­der­strike from Wal­lace came. Cut­ting in from the right onto his left foot, he smacked a the ball from 25 yards into Andy Lon­er­gan’s top-left cor­ner, leav­ing the keeper with no chance.

Ful­ham had the ball in the net through McCor­mack when the Cot­tagers’ top scorer was played through, but he was rightly flagged off­side.

They mined ev­ery av­enue in search of an equaliser in the sec­ond half, but Wed­nes­day re­mained res­o­lute and had the bet­ter chances.

Twice Hooper went close af­ter be­ing put through.

Once, he fal­tered and Lon­er­gan saved and then he pushed an­other chance over the bar. At­dhe Nuhiu also had a shot bril­liantly saved by the Ful­ham keeper.

Cauley Woodrow had Ful­ham’s best chance late on, but he put a free header over from ten yards.

Wed­nes­day’s first away league win since Oc­to­ber 23 put them two points off the play-off places, but head coach Car­los Car­val­hal said: “We are in a good po­si­tion, but we are out­siders. There are teams more pre­pared to get the sixth place.

“We had ten play­ers out to­day, but we will have a full team in two weeks and in the sec­ond part of the sea­son, we can do bet­ter be­cause we are strong.

“I was jok­ing with Ross this week about him scor­ing. He’s not do­ing it at the mo­ment, but in the week I pushed him to do it, he scored. It’s a co­in­ci­dence, of course.

“Ful­ham had more of the ball to­day and con­trolled the game, but we cre­ated three or four clear chances for an­other goal. We de­served the vic­tory.”

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