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Fulham Coach Scott Parker encouraged by defence

last updated Monday 05th October 2020, 11:13 AM

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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker
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Scott Parker
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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker was encouraged by the defensive stability he saw from his players in a much-improved performance at Molineux.

Pedro Neto’s goal was the only thing to separate the sides in an even contest on Sunday afternoon.

“Overall, I was pleased with the performance but disappointed that we didn’t manage to win the game because you never want to lose football matches,” he said. “I was pleased with how we set-up and the way the players took to the game. Defensively I thought we were very solid, I thought with the ball we showed some quality to put our stamp on the game.”

Aboubakar Kamara spurned the most valuable chance of the afternoon in what Parker describes as the fine margins of the game.

“We have a massive chance with Kamara which probably needs to go in and then from there a draw is a fair result,” he continued.

“There’s errors which happen at the moment. Even the goal they scored today, we get a couple of blocks in and the boy puts one past three players into the corner. The fine margins that exist at this moment in time: we’re on the other side of them.”

The result condemns Fulham to a fourth straight Premier League defeat, but the 39-year-old doesn’t want to lose sight of where this team has come from in such a short space of time.

“This is a team that eight weeks ago were in the Championship. This is a team that are learning and developing. We’re working tirelessly trying to improve and analyse where mistakes are being made. We saw a vast improvement today.

“We have tried to put our identity on games but that doesn’t fit the external narrative - which is goals, goals, goals against us. We’ll keep improving on that.”

“Every day is massive for us, every week, every day, every training session. We need to improve and understand this league. We need to eradicate these tiny mistakes. Tomorrow morning we’ll look at where we have gone wrong, what can we do, and how we can do it.

“This will be a common theme when you’re a team that came fourth in the Championship. How quickly we learn from these mistakes will determine how we do this year.”

Scott heaped praise on the latest recruit Ademola Lookman, whose individual performance lit up Molineux after his introduction.

“Ademola looked another level up,” he commented. “He has big quality, but we knew that at the start of the window. He was my main one I wanted in. I was calling for him and you’ve seen in such a short space of time at Brentford and now today - he has unbelievable quality and he’ll be a big plus for us this year.”

The Head Coach’s focus has been on improving the performances in the previous weeks. With deadline day looming, he couldn’t give a precise update on incomings.

“I’m not sure what will happen to be honest. It gets to the point in the transfer window where the main focus for me has been my current team. We aren’t trying to get bogged down with what deals could or couldn’t happen. Anything can happen. People in places to be are trying to do some work to help us. I don’t have much information.”

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