When Huddersfield took the lead in the fourth minute of last Saturday’s game against Fulham , there was an impending sense for many of a ‘Fulhamish’ end to the season, that the good work of the last couple of weeks could be undone in the Yorkshire sunshine.
In fact, Town started the stronger side on Saturday and having watched them take teams apart on occasion this season, there would have been no shame in being turned over by what Wagner has shaped into a very good footballing side.
But Fulham are a different prospect under Jokanovic’s guiding hand, and have picked up 25 points from losing positions this season. There’s elements to that which can be criticised, as it means Fulham have gone behind a lot, but no-one can argue that the manager has managed to build a team which not only has dazzled opponents with attacking prowess on numerous occasions, but also one which doesn’t know when to lie down and roll over.
In comparison to the amount of last minute goals and collapses that the Fulham faithful have seen over the previous few seasons, this is a welcome relief as well as a fascinating statistical changing of the guard.
The way in which Fulham bounced back from going one down at the John Smiths Stadium was nothing short of exemplary, and there have been times over the past few games where Fulham have looked like they can move up through the gears at will.
After the aforementioned sluggish start, it was a typically swashbuckling Fulham that began to emerge, when after a cross was blocked, Johansen had the nous to dance around two challenges before cutting back to Sessegnon, who perhaps should have done better.
The equaliser came minutes later, however, and whilst it was a brutal punishment of a mistake, the way that the ball was worked across the Huddersfield box to Malone was the mark of a team in the form of their lives.
It was the third goal that marked the day out in Yorkshire as another one where Fulham had really hit their stride, however. Everything about the passage of play was a quintessential showing of just why Fulham have been so free-scoring this season, and why opposing teams are right to fear them.
Aluko appeared to be trapped on the left wing, but a delightful turn round the outside saw him skip away from the two men trying to take the ball from him, before driving inside and feeding skipper Tom Cairney.
Outside Cairney, Fredericks had taken a man away with a lung-busting burst down the right, freeing up the vital seconds for Sessegnon to arrive at the edge of the box unchallenged.
Cairney’s ball to the youngster was inch-perfect, and his driven shot was well blocked, but the reason that the ball fell to Johansen here (and to red-shirted players a lot in general on Saturday) was the ability that Fulham have to overload the box from midfield, opening up options everywhere.
Johansen’s finish is as good as any, driving the ball into the far corner and leaving Danny Ward, on loan from Liverpool, with absolutely no chance.
The blinding speed and silky passing associated with Fulham counter attacks are well documented, and they’re rightly seen as perhaps the side’s most potent weapon, but the velvet glove only tells half the story.
It’s the iron fist beneath which has seen Fulham take points from the jaws of defeat this season, and a crucial element of how this side has been so resurgent under Jokanovic’s direction.
Brentford are on their own run of form and have their own special talents, but if Fulham play to their potential, there appears not to be an answer to the system that Jokanovic has got them playing.
A bouncing Cottage will expect from the men in white shirts on Saturday, and if the pressure doesn’t get to Slavisa’s men, then there is no reason they can’t deliver the three points which would all but confirm a playoff place.
Jack is the latest incarnation of GWL's Fulham fan blogger. He's also the Editor of Fulhamish and a regular on the associated weekly podcast. When not talking about Fulham, Jack provides live match commentary and social media for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League websites. You can find him on Twitter right here: @JackJCollins or his website: www.jackjcollins.co.uk.