Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has praised his players after they defeated Derby County 2-0 and advanced to the Play-off Final in the process.
Following a defeat on Friday (May 11), Fulham needed a victory at Craven Cottage to progress to Wembley, and goals from Ryan Sessegnon Denis Odoi overturned the deficit.
After successive defeats to Birmingham and the Rams, it seemed that the Whites had run out of energy this season.
However, a confident and emphatic performance at Craven Cottage secured a win for Fulham, and snapped the two game losing streak.
Speaking to the club website, Jokanovic said: “Today my team played fantastic football. We controlled everything, we created many chances, we were really focused and organised, and didn’t give them many opportunities to make dangerous situations.”
“In the second half we pushed stronger, scored two fantastic goals, and I must be really satisfied for the team.”
It seemed as if Fulham had run out of steam after their consecutive defeats, but Jokanovic was pleased with the reaction he got from his side back on home soil.
“We improved our mentality,” he said. “We played a little bit different and bad game against Birmingham, and we played a very good game against Derby first leg. This is my point of view.”
“I know in football that the result is more important. If you lose the game people are not happy, but in the first and second legs we followed our style and we did an important job.”
An appearance at Wembley will be the first in a long time for the Whites, and the manager knows that it is a great opportunity to return to the Premier League.
“We haven’t played at Wembley for 43 years so this is great for us,” he said.
“But we know it’s not enough to take the fans to Wembley, now we need to work towards this game that is ahead of us. The whole season depends on this last game.”