Slavisa Jokanovic confirms Fulham will appeal against Chris Martin’s red card following 3-1 win at Norwich City

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Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic: Ker Robertson/Getty Images

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic said the club would be appealing against the red card shown to Chris Martin in their 3-1 win at Norwich City.

The former Canaries' striker was sent off for catching Mitchell Dijks with an elbow moments before the half-time interval, with the visitors leading 1-0 at Carrow Road.

Jokanovic was delighted with the way his side coped with Martin's absence to stay in the thick of the Championship play-off race - but remained angry with referee Andy Madley's decision after the game.

He said: "We will certainly appeal. I had a good view and although Chris touches their player, it was just two players fighting for the ball. There was no intention at all, no aggression."

As for the manner in which his players dealt with the setback, he added: "I am very proud of the way they performed today.

"This is a very tough place to come to - they have a lot of good players and had only lost here three times all season.

"We knew we had to be well organised, we needed to be at our best, and we also had to be very strong mentally, especially after the red card.

"We played to a good level, everyone worked very hard, and we got the result we wanted.

"You could see the desire of my players out there, they showed the fight needed to get a result at places like these.

"After 42 games we are in a good position to challenge for the play-offs and everyone is determined to finish in the top six. As you saw today there will be no surrender."

Fulham got off to dream start, taking the lead after just four minutes when Stefan Johansen blasted home a loose ball from just outside the area.

Their task was made tougher just before the break when they were reduced to 10 men - but they quickly stretched their lead just after the interval when Tom Cairney scored from the spot after recently introduced substitute Ryan Bennett had hauled Johansen down at a free-kick.

Norwich got a goal back on 77 minutes when another replacement, Cameron Jerome, nodded home Alex Pritchard's cross.

However, Fulham held firm after that and confirmed the win late on when Floyd Ayite took advantage of poor home defending to walk the ball into the net.

Additional reporting by the Press Association
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