Jokanovic stands by decision to make more changes

Fulham: Slavisa Jokanovic.
Fulham’s woes continued with another heavy defeat

Slavisa Jokanovic has defended his decision to make further changes to Fulham’s defence for their 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.

He is yet to select the same back four for successive Premier League matches, perhaps contributing to the fact that after 10 fixtures they are in 18th place having conceded 28 goals, the division’s highest total.

Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli was also dropped for Saturday’s defeat, with Sergio Rico making his debut behind a defence in which Alfie Mawson, Calum Chambers, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Joe Bryan and Maxime Le Marchand have all been used without success.

Fosu-Mensah was recalled against Bournemouth, to whom he gifted a penalty with a clumsy, late challenge on Callum Wilson, but Jokanovic said: “I didn’t change so much when we compare to the last game (the 4-2 defeat at Cardiff). I didn’t use Timothy Fosu-Mensah against Cardiff.

“I made the decision not to use Cyrus Christie because he played two games for his national team (the Republic of Ireland).

Fulham’s defensive shortcomings were evident again. [Picture: John Walton/PA Wire]

“I played with Chambers at right-back, but (for Bournemouth) I made one change in the defensive line, if you don’t start talking about injured players and defensive players, one thing or another thing.

“I can make one time more some kind of change, but we need to be calm and accept our mistakes and try to find the solution.

“We tried to be more organised, but the mistakes killed us.

“This level is really hard and tough, not just for Fulham but for a few teams in the Premier League, it’s the highest level in England and it’s different pace, different strengths and it was my sensation that I need more energy, more aggression, more sprint in the midfield.

“We move around, but we were one step behind them and they were stronger and faster and during the game – the result is fair.”