Slav: It’s no time for us to lose fo­cus

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Blair Fer­gu­son

SLAVISA Jokanovic has called on Ful­ham to keep fight­ing as their ten men saw off Nor­wich to stay in play-off con­tention.

Goals from Ste­fan Jo­hansen, Floyd Ayite and a Tom Cair­ney spot-kick gave Ful­ham a vi­tal vic­tory, de­spite Chris Martin be­ing sent off for an el­bow on Mitchell Di­jks be­fore half­time and Cameron Jerome mak­ing it 2-1 with 15 min­utes to go.

Ful­ham are two points off sixth go­ing into Mon­day’s game with As­ton Villa and Jokanovic ex­pects his team to show a sim­i­lar level of de­sire.

“Af­ter 42 games, we are in the po­si­tion we are, and it’s no time for us to give up and sur­ren­der,” he said. “We want to fight and we showed that, we have great lev­els of de­sire to be in the top six, and we are go­ing to show a sim­i­lar level of de­sire against As­ton Villa on Mon­day.

“Chris Martin has touched the guy with his hand, but he’s done it with no in­ten­tion. We are go­ing to ap­peal be­cause the ag­gres­sion or any in­ten­tion didn’t ex­ist, and I think he will be avail­able for us go­ing for­ward.”

Jo­hansen’s early strike set Ful­ham up to sit back, and the dis­missal of Martin en­cour­aged that to con­tinue in the sec­ond half.

How­ever, Cair­ney’s penalty af­ter the restart when To­mas Kalas was hauled to the ground at a free-kick gave them some breath­ing room.

Jerome came off the bench to pull a goal back, but Ayite sealed it with a late, calm fin­ish.

Nor­wich care­taker boss Alan Irvine said: “I said to the play­ers be­fore the last game and said to them be­fore this game that they’re on trial, and that in my view is ex­actly what they are.

“I told them they need to go out there and per­form at a level that means they can be part of the fu­ture, so they are be­ing as­sessed, there’s no ques­tion of that.”

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