Slavisa Jokanovic believes Fulham were disrespected by the decision to disallow a legitimate goal in the 2-0 defeat at Liverpool. In a pivotal 14 seconds the Serbia international Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header was chalked off due to a marginal offside decision and Liverpool went straight down the other end to take the lead through Mohamed Salah.
Television replays suggested Maxime Le Marchand was the most advanced man, but he made no attempt to challenge for Andre Schurrle’s cross while Mitrovic may have been played fractionally onside by Reds defender Andy Robertson.
To compound Fulham’s grievance, Alisson Becker’s free-kick appeared to be still rolling when the Liverpool goalkeeper launched the counter-attack for Salah’s goal.
Xherdan Shaqiri made sure of the points just after the break but it was the opening goal which proved to be crucial. “In this country normally you cannot show disrespect to the referee and this is a problem because it’s shown disrespect to my team, myself and Fulham supporters,” said Jokanovic, who is under scrutiny after seven successive defeats left the Cottagers bottom of the table.
“When I check the clips now it’s Robertson (who) hasn’t done a good enough job to squeeze up and my player is onside and scored the goal. “If the ball is rolling or not rolling after, it’s probably yes and in one moment, a crucial moment, instead of 1-0 up we’re 1-0 down.
“We can talk about this situation for hours, but the damage is done. “It’s a completely absurd situation to defend. Yes they catch us on the counter, this guy (Salah) is really fast and finished the action well, but the sensation is we are frustrated, disappointed. “It’s better we don’t talk so much about my situation.”