Fulham boss wary of ‘aggressive’ and well-organised’ Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town boss, Mick McCarthy (left) and Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic

Ipswich Town boss, Mick McCarthy (left) and Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic - Credit: Mark Bullimore

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is ready for the challenge of an “aggressive” and “well-organised” Ipswich Town side, when the Cottagers face the Blues at Portman Road, this afternoon.

Town have a 100 per cent record in the Championship, with four wins from their opening four games, while Fulham have struggled slightly to recreate the form of last season, that saw them reach the Championship play-off semi-finals.

Fulham did the double over Town last season, putting in an extremely impressive performance in a 2-0 Boxing Day win, and then following that up with a 3-1 victory by the Thames, late in the campaign.

While Jokanovic has the edge over McCarthy in terms of results as Fulham boss, the former midfielder, whose side have four points from three games, is well aware that Town will be a totally different proposition this afternoon.

“It’s a very long season,” he stated. “It’s true that at the moment Ipswich have found very good results.

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“They built a style and identity many years ago and they’ve followed a similar way. They play with confidence and they won the points, but in this moment the table doesn’t mean so much. It’s only four games behind us.

“Ipswich is not a defensive team. Ipswich is very aggressive and really organised. At the moment, all of Mick McCarthy’s plans are working perfectly.

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“He’s experienced, he knows what he wants, he knows what kind of game he wants, and at the beginning [of the season] his plan is working fantastically.

“Last season I remember they tried, especially the game at home, to press us with many people. Their last game they played against Brentford they were waiting a little bit in the third part of the pitch. We are ready for both situations.

“They are not a team who want to have so much possession of the ball, they want to attack quickly with many players arriving in the box, and we’ll try and find a solution.”

Fulham are yet to register a win in the Sky Bet Championship this term, but Jokanovic believes things will click into place soon.

“We’ve detected some problems in front of the opposition goal, and I complain that we’re not clinical enough. Ipswich’s situation is that in four games they shot (on target) 11 times and scored nine goals,” he added.

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