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Slavisa Jokanovic wants Fulham to test their progress against Hull

Slavisa Jokanovic wants Fulham to test their progress against Hull
By PA Sport

28/01/2017 at 14:41Updated 28/01/2017 at 14:48

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic hopes Sunday's FA Cup tie against Premier League Hull will give a good indication of what his own team can achieve.

The Cottagers are currently chasing down the top six in the Sky Bet Championship, some five points behind Sheffield Wednesday following a midweek defeat at fourth-placed Reading where Chris Martin had a last-minute penalty saved.

While Sunday's cup tie will give his squad more freedom to express themselves, the Serbian - who took Watford up at the end of the 2014/2015 campaign only to leave that summer - believes it will provide a yardstick for their current league aspirations.

"Hull is a Premier League team with a new manager. They changed their style, they are a less direct team and they try combinations more, there has been a very clear improvement from this side," Jokanovic said of Marco Silva's team.

"We have to be ready for a tough game, but we are going to arrive with ambition to pass the round, and we are going to test ourselves as to where we are right now."

Jokanovic added: "We are going to respect this fantastic competition.

"It is a chance for us to play against a Premier League team and we have to be full of confidence and fully motivated to play this game.

"We have to show a positive reaction after a setback in the last game against Reading."

Foward Floyd Ayite is expected to be involved having returned to London following Togo's exit from the African Nations Cup.

Jokanovic is also weighing up whether to throw new loan signing Thanos Petsos straight into the side.

The German-born Greece international defensive midfielder has trained with his new team-mates after moving from Werder Bremen until the end of the season.

"Right now our squad is a bit short so I believe he can help us in this position in the time that's in front of us," the Fulham boss said.

"He has only played three games since the beginning of the season and I have to think if he is going to start from the bench or not."