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Fulham boss slams side for ‘surrender’ against Middlesbrough and warns repeat at Reading is not an option

Joka warns his players ahead of trip to the Madejski Stadium there had better be a Royal performance - or else

Unhappy: Slavisa Jokanovic

Slavisa Jokanovic expects drastic changes at Reading tomorrow after Fulham's surrender last weekend.

The Whites boss had to suffer 70 minutes of second-gear football once Middlesbrough went 2-0 ahead and read the riot act as a result of the capitulation.

He said: “I expect the players learned a lesson; me too.

“Physically we should be stronger. They (Boro) played with more passion.

“We found difficulties, and after 20 minutes we surrendered. We are dead, and it’s not acceptable.

“We had 70 minutes more and we can’t after half an hour say everything is done and we’re going to wait until next week and the next game.

“We were without energy and belief – and this is not acceptable.

“At the end if a side plays better, then you shake hands and look towards the next game. This happens at 5pm - not after half an hour.”

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That went deep with the Serb who won promotion with Watford last term, but despite only seven points separating him from the relegation zone, he insists Fulham won’t be visiting the likes of Scunthorpe next season

“The team is not going to be relegated,” he added. “I’m optimistic and I didn’t come here to be a loser.

“We have had three depressing years at Fulham and we have to find something different, and that is what we’re aiming for.”

Reading also pose big problems, says Jokanovic, despite a terrific 4-2 win over the Royals at home in October when they came back from 2-0 down.

"They played better football in the last month. They’re very fast and competitive, and they made a great result last week," he added.

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