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Fulham boss Jokanovic highlights Maddison danger

PUBLISHED: 17:32 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:42 29 March 2018

James Maddison battles with Fulham's Tom Cairney at Craven Cottage on the opening day - the match finished 1-1. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

James Maddison battles with Fulham's Tom Cairney at Craven Cottage on the opening day - the match finished 1-1. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Slavisa Jokanovic will warn his Fulham players not to be fooled by Norwich City’s mid-table position when the teams clash at Carrow Road on Good Friday.

“They still have the option of fighting for the play-offs and we cannot relax,” said the Fulham boss.

“Norwich is one of the top teams who aren’t at the top of the table right now.”

Jokanovic almost inevitably name-checked Canaries midfielder James Maddison as a player Fulham need to keep tabs on.

“They’ve got a great squad, a great coach who tries to play good football with one of the more important talents in the Championship in Maddison,” he told the club’s official website.

“In the future he’s probably going to be an important Premier League player and we must be careful about him, and careful about other parts of the team as there is quality in this side. We must respect them, and first of all we must respect ourselves and support each other. We must push hard to do everything we can to win the game.

“I always believe we can win the game and I am sure my players are going to push hard to win three points.”

Jokanovic – whose team are flying high in third place in the Championship – believes the game will see a clash of similar styles.

“Norwich is a team who want to have possession, like us,” he said. “We’re probably going to have this kind of challenge, the challenge of taking on the pressure from their side and try and dominate them with the ball.

“They are not comfortable off the ball, we are more comfortable with the ball too.

Jokanovic has no new injury concerns, but, like all managers, will cast a careful eye over those involved in international matches.

Fulham were held to a 2-2 draw by QPR last time out, and Jokanovic wants an improvement.

“We expect we’re going to find a better performance than we found last time we competed,” he said. “We’re playing against Norwich, a good team with acceptably good momentum – they lost only two games out of their last 15. We need to be ready to make many good things if we want to come back with the points from Norwich.”


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