Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has encouraged his players "to not cry so much" after they slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in the last 16 of the EFL Cup.
Nevertheless, Jokanovic believes his players must continue working hard in order to turn things around, admitting that he thinks his side have the capabilities to do so.
"This game served to show us that we can be a little bit more organised, make less mistakes, show we can be a team off the ball, too," Jokanovic said, as quoted by Fulham's official website.
"I believe in myself, I must believe in my team. We know it's not an easy job ahead of us, [but] it wasn't easy last season, the season before, or three seasons ago when we were fighting not to be relegated.
"We need to not cry so much, and try to find a solution. We are in a situation where our supporters expect a better performance, and we are working in this direction."
Despite slipping to defeat, Jokanovic was somewhat upbeat about his team's performance, with the Serbian admitting that he can take positives from the game.
“We tried to play football, be competitive and show our best face to pass into the next round. This game served to show us that we can be a little bit more organised, make less mistakes, show we can be a team off the ball, too."
“It’s a really important game for both teams,” Jokanović admitted. “We are going to go there with every intention of winning the game.
“It’s not the last game in the Premier League. Victory would be a really important step for us, but it’s definitely not the last step.