Slavisa Jokanovic has told his Fulham players to cut out their defensive gaffes – or forget about promotion.
Fulham’s eye-catching style of football has been littered by critical lapses at key times.
Blunders in games against Wolves and Derby in the last month has cost Jokanovic’s men crucial points.
Fulham host Aston Villa on Monday two points off the play-offs and can ill-afford another slip with just four games left.
Cottages chief Jokanovic said: “We must show more personality and be more solid to survive those bad moments.
“If I compare us to teams in front of us like Newcastle or Brighton I’m not sure they play better football than us.
“But I’m sure that in crucial moments in the game they are more solid and they survive difficult moments easier than we do.
“That is what we need. I’m not just talking about our defence. In general we need to interpret and understand moments during the game.
“We must be tight and forget the aesthetics and don’t give opponents easy goals.
“Against Derby, we opened the door so easily for them and they punished us. We must avoid that kind of situation, be more competitive, more brave and more experienced.
“During the short part of the season that’s in front of us we must improve this part of our game.”
It looks certain that Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday will fight it out for the final play-off spot up for grabs.
Jokanovic says he needs ‘brave’ players if the west Londoners are to pip the Owls – who they face on the final day – to make the top-six.
The Serbian added: “I need brave players, intelligent enough and understand what’s happening around us.
“That’s what could push us into the top six.
“We have five games in front of us and I am confident my players can do a great job in this crucial period of the Championship.”