SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY head coach Carlos Carvalhal and opposite number Slavisa Jokanovic had mixed emotions at Craven Cottage.
A late goal denied the Owls victory after they appeared on course thanks to a fine strike from Fernando Forestieri.
Jokanovic claimed Fulham were denied after Stefan Johansen saw shouts for a first-half penalty waved away. The Fulham midfielder appeared to have been pulled back in the area by Jack Hunt before Scott Malone’s last-minute goal earned them a point.
“We performed very well,” reflected Carvalhal. “Their team are in good shape, had won the last game 5-0 here and were in good momentum.
“We scored one goal and probably should have killed the game.
“We expected Fulham to press in the second half. In counter-attack, we could have killed the game. We are not happy with the scoreline, we deserved more. We felt we achieved one point but lost two.
“I’m very happy with the team and the personality we showed.
“The team performed very well. I felt most of them hit their best level. I said Fernando was back before the game as I know my players. Fernando is a player we need like this and the real Fernando like last season.”
Wednesday suffered injury to Gary Hooper, who was forced off in the second half with what appeared a muscular problem.
Jokanovic said of the penalty incident: “I saw the situation and everyone in the stadium saw this.
“It must be some kind of change of rules. The rules say it is clearly a penalty.
“I don’t want to be funny but it is a big mistake in a very dangerous moment for us. People care about important decisions.”
Jokanovic believed the result, achieved thanks to Malone’s half-volley, proves his Fulham side are improving.
“It was a fair result, we played very well and I’m really satisfied with some parts of the game,” he said.
“We did not surrender in any moment. They played the better football and closer to three points. If we had played this game last year we would have lost 3-0.
“We did not offer our best performance but it was a small step where we are learning to compete.”
Fulham: Button, Fredericks (Odoi 76), Kalas, Sigurdsson, Malone, Cairney, McDonald (Parker 76), Aluko, Piazon (Ayite 55), Johansen, Martin. Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Smith, Ream, Sessegnon.
Sheff Wed: Westwood, Hunt, Lees, Loovens, Reach, Wallace, Lee, Hutchinson (Jones 56), Bannan, Hooper (Fletcher 59), Forestieri. Unused substitutes: Palmer, Dawson, Buckley, Sasso, Nuhiu.
Referee: G Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).