Slavisa Jokanovic praises Tom Cairney after Fulham hammer struggling Charlton

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic praised two-goal midfielder Tom Cairney following their crucial 3-0 London derby victory against rock-bottom Charlton.

Charlton: Slavisa Jokanovic praises Tom Cairney after Fulham hammer struggling CharltonCharlton: Slavisa Jokanovic praises Tom Cairney after Fulham hammer struggling Charlton

The 25-year-old, signed from Blackburn in the summer, opened the scoring at Craven Cottage before half-time.

Michael Madl extended the west Londoners’ lead in the second half, before Cairney added extra gloss to the scoreline with his sixth goal of the campaign.

“After he scores two goals, people can say that he played very good football and that is true,” Jokanovic said.

“We have started to use him in the middle more because at the beginning I tried to play with him a little more on the side. I believe he can offer us more and help us more from the middle.

“(His second) was nice. It was not only his second as his first goal, too, was a great goal. He has enough quality to do these things in the games.

“(Cairney and Ross McCormack) are quality players and when two players have that quality it is easier for them to link.

“It was a good win for us, we scored three goals and kept a clean sheet – that was the good news.

“The bad news was that I was not very happy with the first half and I try to find a solution. It is my responsibility and I try and fix the problems that I find in the game.

“It was a good win. I am not panicking (about relegation), I am not pessimistic. I believe we have enough in the team for the rest of the games.”

These crucial three points keep Fulham unbeaten against fellow London clubs this season and saw them move up to 18th in the standings.

Charlton, though, are in serious trouble, with Saturday’s defeat seeing Jose Riga’s men drop to the bottom of the table, six points from safety.

“Today, if you just look at the result, you would think that we are not existing in this game,” Riga said.

“The reality is that I’m not sure we deserved to be behind at half-time. We got the first opportunity but we know that set-pieces are very important.

“We concede three times from set-pieces, so that was the main problem of today and, of course, it is a big problem for us.

“We had opportunities but is about last action, last pass and last choice. We are disappointed, we all are, but today I have something to take from the game because at some parts of the game we were doing well.

“I still believe and still hope that we can find a solution.”

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