Jokanovic Springs to Button`s Defence
Recent criticism of the manner in which our goalkeeper, David Button, distributes the ball, has seen our manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, spring to his defence.
Button`s liking for playing the short-ball out of defence may have given us all the odd heart-attack or two, but it seems it is on the instruction of the boss.
Jokanovic, talking to BBC Radio London, had this to say about Button who has been an ever-present for Fulham this season,
'Our supporters believe he does things which I don't order him to do.
'It's not true. I want him to play from the back and I understand he can make mistakes. I take these risks.'
It is, if you look at the statistics, a ploy that works with Button having the highest passing accuracy of any keeper in the Championship, with a 67.12% pass rate.
Continuing, Jokanovic forced his point home by further adding about Button,
'When we start our build-up, David starts it with short balls to try and find the spare man.
'It is my orders and I force him to do this.
'I don't play long balls. I don't believe we will win it if we send long balls for Rui Fonte, Neeskens Kebano, Ryan Sessegnon or Floyd Ayite.
'If David Button misses some passes it is because I make mistakes, not David making mistakes.'
So now we know, and we`ve been told!