‘We played without spirit’: Fulham boss apologises for team’s poor performance against Blackburn


Slaviša Jokanović apologised to visiting Fulham fans for the lack of spirit and desire shown by his players in their defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

Ben Marshall opened the scoreline for Rovers from the penalty spot on 15 minutes before Shane Duffy doubled their lead from Elliott Bennett’s free kick after an hour as the Whites struggled to break down the stubborn home defence.

Fulham’s triumph at Queens Park Rovers on Saturday seemed a distance memory when Danny Graham headed in his first goal for Rovers on 87 minutes to wrap up the result.

Blackburn ended their nine-match winless run and are one position above 19th place Fulham in the Championship.

“I say sorry to our fans who travelled with us to watch this game,” said Jokanović.

“We didn’t offer anything special. We played without spirit, without competitiveness, without desire.

“We did not play good football in any moment in the game.

“Generally, they won the challenges, we did not try to play football and we did not do anything important.

“It is a bad sensation and we need a change immediately because we won one game a few days earlier, that’s history, it’s over.

“I am here for a month and a half and this game; this is a game without any spirit. I am very disappointed really.

“We are where we are right now. We must be strong. With this spirit, this desire, this competiveness, this is not enough for anything important.”

Making two changes to his starting line-up, Jokanović handed starts to Luke Garbutt and Sakari Mattila following Saturday’s 3-1 victory away at Queens Park Rangers.

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