Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has vented about his side's performance against Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon.
The Championship tie, held at Craven Cottage, included many ebbs and flows in the run of play. As far as the running line of possession played out, Fulham enjoyed a staggering 73% of the ball throughout, whilst completing 672 successful passes in multiple passages of assured play.
Fulham and Wigan were destined for a share of the spoils. With less than a minute left to play, the points would've been split, if it wasn't for a last gasp winner for Fulham at the Putney End, when White's playmaker Neeskens Kebano slotted the ball past Matt Gilks, from an acute angle, into the right side of the net, after jinking behind Wigan's deep-sitting defensive line.
Despite Fulham's seemingly imperious hold over the match, and notably the tenacity the squad exuded to snatch all three points at the death, Jokanovic had his final verdict.
Speaking to fulhamfc.com, The expectant Serbian said:
“We weren’t solid enough, we didn’t show a good enough attitude or desire to defend, or when we were playing without the ball, and this is an important part of football, too.
“It’s not important that we have 73 per cent possession of the ball if you cannot fix the problem without the ball. This kind of present we gave them today is simply not acceptable. If we don’t improve this part of the game we cannot be successful.
“I expect I’m going to find something different on Tuesday night [against Nottingham Forest] and we’re going to be still better in some parts of the game.
“At the end we scored the third goal and we go home satisfied with the points, but I’m not satisfied with what we offered today.”
Lamenting poor aspects in Fulham's bespoke playing style seems to be a weekly occurrence. We may play some of the league's most attractive football, but we have to acquire more punch and substance, if we're to be successful the final third of the season.
Fulham also have to stamp out the lackadaisical approach to defending. Too often the Cottagers are caught on the break, and too often they don't offer the necessary cover to stifle opponents attack. Both goals conceded on Saturday were soft and widely unjust.
With all criticisms swept aside, it's evidently clear to observe that we're sprouting a dogged philosophy. We could have settled for just a point, but nothing is more rewarding than hijacking all three.