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Fulham boss jokes about tactics against Birmingham City – but injury news is no laughing matter

Joka turns into joker ahead of vital clash with Blues as Whites hope to ease their Championship relegation worries

Plan: Slavisa Jokanovic

Maybe it needs a bit of levity at a time like this.

And perhaps Slavisa Jokanovic can be forgiven for suggesting his Fulham side make so many mistakes he’s going to give the ball to Birmingham City and hope they muck up first.

But the Whites gaffer was deadly serious when he claimed Championship salvation lies in simplicity and cutting out daft errors.

Joka would love his side to play silky football, as former boss Kit Symons used to put it, but if it needs someone to put their laces through the ball in a moment of crisis, that will do nicely.

“I have to offer the team a more simple plan and be more effective," he said

“We cannot be confused like sometimes in the last game against Bristol City.

Suffered! Fulham players at the final whistle against Bristol City

“Maybe, we are going to give them the ball and wait for them to counter-attack. They are a team waiting for us to make a mistake, so…” he said with tongue firmly in cheek.

We need to play for longer – all the way to the final whistle.

We mustn’t make unnecessary mistakes but make the right clearance of 60 yards and not six if we have to. This might be the solution we need.”

Neither the ankle knocks suffered by midfielders Alex Kacaniklic and Chris Baird two weeks ago have totally cleared.

“We are still assessing them,” Jokanovic added.

Otherwise, Fulham have a clean bill of health as they seek revenge for the 5-2 Blues mauling in November that cost Symons his job.

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