Slavisa Jokanovic says Fulham dominated Derby, despite first-leg play-off defeat
Last Updated: 12/05/18 11:26am
Slavisa Jokanovic insists his Fulham side dominated Derby, despite losing the first leg of their Sky Bet Championship Play-Off on Friday.
Cameron Jerome's header handed the home side a 1-0 victory ahead of the return match at Craven Cottage on Monday evening as Fulham failed to score in a Championship game for the first time since mid-December.
However, manager Jokanovic believes his players performed well and need a bit more luck in front of goal to overturn the deficit in the second leg.
He told Sky Sports: "My team showed the quality, showed the mentality and completely dominated the game. I believe it is not enough and we definitely deserved a different result, but everything is still open and we are going to be ready for Monday night.
"We made enough to score a goal, but we weren't clinical enough today and we need to be a little bit more lucky - at the end it is part of football.
"Jerome scored a fantastic goal, they were clinical, and we didn't do enough.
"The team followed the plan, we tried to damage them, but we damaged them without being clinical enough. We moved the ball, kept the ball on the field, we created enough chances to score a goal.
"We cannot feel any frustration, we did our job well, and we trust we can play a similar level and be a bit more lucky and clinical and fight to get to Wembley."
Fulham have now lost two matches in a row after going unbeaten in the previous 23, but Jokanovic remains convinced his side will make it to the play-off final on May 26.
"We don't need to change our mentality, our mentality is fantastic for the past year," he added.
"We put everything on the field, we created many things, but definitely we deserved to score a goal. It is not a question of mentality, my team is strong, my team is confident. We showed quality and self-belief.
"I am positive, I am optimistic, I trust we are going to play in Wembley."