Date: 25th January 2017 at 12:51pm
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The result last night, as Fulham slipped to defeat against Reading, was disappointing, even more so as the defeat leaves Fulham five points adrift of the play-off places.

Following the defeat, both managers, Slavisa Jokanovic and Jaap Stam spoke to the media.

Slavisa, disappointed at seeing another missed penalty costing Fulham dearly, had this to say,

‘We have missed seven penalties this season and it’s a really strange situation and we have to find some sort of solution to this problem.

‘I’ve never heard of a problem like this and it’s a stressful situation for myself and the players as they pushed hard and made important chances towards the end of the game.

‘Sadly, we couldn’t take the best one when it was presented to us.

‘I cannot blame any player, Chris takes a shot from the penalty spot and it’s saved. This is the fifth different player to take a penalty and I can’t blame anyone in particular for this current situation.’

It is uncanny how unsuccessful we`ve been from the penalty spot this season.

As for Jaap Stam, he had this to say,

‘I didn’t think either penalty was a penalty. They were both light ones.

‘We’re lucky that we scored on the rebound and we’re very happy that Ali Al-Habsi saved the other.

‘It’s stressful and a lot easier if you finish a penalty at the first attempt. Then at the end you concede one, but it’s a great save by Ali that gets us the three points.

‘We’re third in the league, but we’re not thinking about trying to catch the top two. We approach every game trying to win. Your team needs a mentality that you can win every game in this league.

‘It’s not easy for us to win every game, as we’re not there yet in terms of how we’re playing.

‘But if we play like we did today, you’ve got chance to win more games then you lose.’


In the end it was a game that could have gone either way.