Slavisa Jokanovic says Fulham can bounce back for play-offs
Last Updated: 06/05/18 4:37pm
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic backed the club to recover after they missed out on automatic promotion.
The Cottagers must go through the play-offs again - where they will face Derby - to end a four-year Premier League absence after a 3-1 defeat to Birmingham on Sunday.
Victory at St Andrew's would have sent them up as Cardiff could only draw 0-0 against Reading - but Lukas Jutkiewicz, Harlee Dean and Che Adams scored to ensure Birmingham beat the drop on the final day.
Fulham lost for the first time since December to finish third - two points behind Cardiff - but Jokanovic insisted they can hit back when they face Derby on Friday.
"I always believe we are going to win the next game, because we lost one game I am not going to change my mind," he said, with Fulham having lost to Reading in the play-off semi-finals last season.
"We showed quality many times, the character we showed many times - and we are going to be ready for the next game.
"We're disappointed not because we're in the play-offs, we're disappointed because we lost a great chance to win the game.
"It's part of football and we must be ready for the challenge. We cannot be satisfied, it's simple, we didn't play well enough."
Jutkiewicz and Dean gave Birmingham a 2-0 lead at the break and, after Tom Cairney made it 2-1 with five minutes left, Adams restored Blues' two-goal advantage late on.
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