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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND JOKANOVIC

4 January 2017

The two managers reflect on Monday's game.


CHRIS HUGHTON paid tribute to the club’s fans in the 2-1 victory over Fulham yesterday, as an estimated 7,000 supporters made the trip to west London.

The club's supporters packed out the Putney End at Craven Cottage and the Albion manager was delighted to claim all three points and send them home happy.

He said, “They were outstanding. I knew we had sold 4,000 [tickets], but as soon as there was a possibility that more would be available, I knew we’d take them.

“I’ve been here before when I’ve seen opposition teams fill that end behind the goal, and I knew our fans would do too.

“It was a particularly wonderful feeling in that last period with both goals going in at the end where we had a magnificent support.

“It was great to send them home in good form, but we had to defend very well at the end because they’ve got two full-backs that get forward and put a lot of crosses into the box.

“It was one of those games where you come away thinking that you didn’t deserve to win, but we showed enough to get it.”

Hughton also paid tribute to David Stockdale following his penalty save, and felt that substitute Tomer Hemed made a telling contribution following his introduction in the second half.

“We needed a goalkeeper that was very good today and he was crucial in helping us win the game.

“Also, when you’re pushing to get back into the game, you put Tomer on so you’re playing two upfront. Once you get the penalty, the pendulum swings and everything changes. It’s whether you can get the winner from there and we did.”

 

SLAVISA JOKANOVIC could not have asked for any more from his players following Fulham’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Fulham head coach believes his side gave absolutely everything and he was left frustrated to end the game empty handed.

He told fulhamfc.com, “We played very good football and dominated for many minutes, but we started to have problems on the field.

“We didn’t find enough quality solutions; they started to press us a little more strongly and be a little bit more solid, and they found a way to score two goals.

“I believe we played very close to our maximum level. The squad has done a great job, they are working very hard, but in the end we didn’t find any compensation for this effort.

“More or less I have to be happy with our performance. If we want to push ourselves a little bit higher we have to use this transfer window which is in front of us.”

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