Fulham boss Jokanovic ready for play-offs

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic said he was proud of his players as they look destined for the play-offs – and suggested he might freshen up his squad for the final league game at Sheffield Wednesday.

Tom Cairney scored – but also missed a penalty – as the Whites were held 1-1 by Brentford in the final west London derby of the season.

But Leeds’ 3-3 draw with Norwich means they remained three points adrift and needing a 13-goal swing to overhaul Fulham.

Jokanovic said: “In football, many strange things happen but I don’t expect it will happen next weekend.

“We will start thinking about the play-off games but our job in the regular part of the season is not done.

“We must rest our bodies and minds and prepare ourselves for the game against Sheffield Wednesday.

“We must think about what is the best option for ourselves. Some players have played so many minutes and we are going to try to find what is the best solution for this game.

“From another side, I don’t coach only 11 players. All the squad is working in the same direction and if I make some changes, I am fully expecting they will do a similar job to those who started in the last few games.”

Jokanovic added he gave instructions to his team to see out a draw in injury-time when he heard Leeds were not winning.

He said: “We had information about the Leeds game and when we started injury time, we decided to finish the game without taking unnecessary risks.

“I can be proud of how the team followed our plan. We created many things, we did not finish some, we make one mistake they punish us hard.

“I can be partly satisfied. I cannot be satisfied with the result but from another side, this is what I ordered my players to do during the game.”