Ipswich Town are not in danger of relegation, says Fulham boss

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy (left) says he won't let Slavisa Jokanovic's (right) side dominat

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy (left) says he won't let Slavisa Jokanovic's (right) side dominate possession like they did at Portman Road. Photo: Mark Bullimore - Credit: Mark Bullimore

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic expects Ipswich Town to bely their lowly position in the Championship, when the two teams meet at Craven Cottage tomorrow, and does not believe the Blues are in relegation danger.

While Fulham are on the edge of the play-off places, Town have struggled this season, although the midweek win at home to Wigan gave them some breathing space in the bottom half of the table.

Fulham easily won the reverse fixture 2-0 at Portman Road and the Cottagers will begin favourites tomorrow – a victory would see them climb back into the top-six at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday, who play Newcastle, at Hillsborough, later that day.

However, Jokanovic, who won promotion to the Premier League as Watford boss, in 2015, believes the Blues, who are nine points clear of the drop-zone with six games remaining, will provide a tough test.

He said: “Ipswich is a team that haven’t lost many games,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “In the last 12-13 games they’ve lost only two.

“In the last game against Wigan they played very well, won three points, and they’re not a team that’s in danger of a relegation battle. They’re going to come into it with confidence and with desire to win the game.

“Ipswich, with Mick McCarthy, are always very intense, a very solid and strong team. We expect they are going to push hard and try and press us and not give us space to combine easily.

“So we must be confident in what we want to do and try and find our way to play football. We need to be brave. Don’t be scared because somebody is going to press us.”