Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic trying to improve mentality of his players

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic. Picture: Steve Paston/PA

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic. Picture: Steve Paston/PA - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is trying to improve his squad's psychological strength to try and cut out their sloppy concessions for goals.

The Cottagers were the dominant team as they won 4-2 at Barnsley on Saturday to end a run of six Championship matches without a victory.

Yet both goals were conceded unnecessarily and speedy forward Sone Aluko, who scored one of the goals at Oakwell, admits more effort without the ball is needed for any chance of a play-off push.

'The manager's not really working on anything new in particular, it's just a mentality,' Aluko said.

'He's got us playing in a very attractive way, but when you're good with the ball and you have it for long periods you can get a bit sloppy without it and lose concentration. That's been our problem.

'With the ball there isn't a team who have outplayed us and even against Newcastle (winning 1-0 at Craven Cottage in August) we dominated the game.

'With the ball we're as good as anyone, but without it we're not a top six team right now.'

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Fulham boss Jokanovic, pictured, who will have midfielder Kevin McDonald available tonight after the completion of his suspension, saw his team equalise twice at Barnsley before taking control after half-time.

'The goals we gave away were really sloppy so at half-time that was the big frustration,' Aluko continued.

'We showed character to get back straight away, and we always had a threat, so if we could keep the back end tight then we'd win the game.

'There was straight talking at half-time as there is in every game but it was particularly frustrating because those goals were really sloppy for a team of our quality.'

Former Norwich striker Chris Martin scored the fourth against the Tykes, to notch the first of his season-long loan.

'Even without the goal he worked very hard,' Aluko said of Martin, speaking to GetWestLondon.co.uk. 'He pressed, he harassed and even when the fans were getting on his back he made himself a nuisance. To get his goal meant it was a top day for him.'

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