Instant Reactions - Fulham v Southampton (6/1/18)
Following today's clash between Fulham and Southampton, here are the instant reactions from both managers.
Fulham hosted Southampton at Craven Cottage on Saturday January 6, with the visitors taking a one nil victory to book their place in the fourth round draw.
Former England Under 21 captain and midfielder Jame Ward-Prowse scored the only goal of the game in the 29th minute to give the Premier League side victory and end a run of nine games without a win. It was also only the second time Southampton have won on their travels since Mauricio Pellegrino replaced now Leicester City manager Claude Puel.
Although the hosts had chances, Southampton's margin of victory could've been greater as Jack Stephens headed against the bar and Shane Long saw an effort ten minutes in ruled out for offside.
Button, Fredericks, Kalas (Ojo 66), Ream, Odoi, Norwood, McDonald (Kebano 56), Johansen, Piazon, da Rocha Fonte (Kamara 76), R Sessegnon.
Djalo, De La Torre, S Sessegnon, Norman.
McCarthy, Bednarek, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Hojbjerg (Lemina 80), Ward-Prowse, Davis, Boufal (Redmond 70), Long (Gabbiadini 86).
Tadic, Targett, Sims, Forster.
Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee blew the final whistle, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic explained.
'It was 50-50 at the end. They showed in one situation some Premier League quality, they scored the goal, they won the game. My team tried to dominate the game with the ball. You always need to score to win the game. We played against a Premier League team, we must be clinical in some moments. We didn't make more of what we made, but in one moment they showed the quality and won the game. We are where we are. In this moment for us this competition is over, and we look at the next step.'
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino in his comparative interview explained.
'It is an important result for us and we have taken a step forward in this competition, and can hopefully use this game as a base to improve every single week.'