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