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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker: acknowledges the difficulty of up coming games

last updated Wednesday 03rd March 2021, 5:54 PM

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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker

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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker acknowledges the difficulty of games ahead, starting with Spurs on Thursday, but takes confidence from the previous results earlier in the season.

A tough spell includes a trip to Anfield and the visit of the ominous Manchester City, but Parker has every confidence in his team that are in form of their own.

“There are none tougher than these three games we’re going to face now,” he said. “It is an unpredictable season and there’s been some crazy results. I think we can get results. I firmly believe we can give anyone a game.

“The previous results against Spurs and Liverpool give us confidence. The form table gives me confidence in my team. Spurs at any given moment can be out of form but they can come straight back into it.

“I had a conversation with Jose back in December, we’ve been given enough time to prepare for this one so we’re all good!”

The Head Coach understands the threats Spurs pose having enjoyed time with Gareth Bale back in his playing days.

“You come up against individuals that are special,” he stated. “Gareth Bale fits that bracket. I played with him at Spurs and know too well his quality. As quick as you look at him, you turn your eye to Kane, Son and Ndombele. We’ll be prepared to face a very good team.”

Parker provided a brief update on the squad’s fitness with the only absentees being Tom Cairney and Marek Rodák who has a finger problem.

The other health-related story of the week was the news of Kevin McDonald’s pending kidney transplant. The 40-year-old wished the Scottish midfielder the very best with the operation.

“Kev has been as good as gold,” he added. “I spoke to him a few weeks ago, we’ve been aware of the situation for some time. He’s got a big few months ahead, but the way he is, he’ll come out of this as good as ever. The main thing is that he gets better.”

An interesting stat that surfaced was the fact that Fulham haven’t won a game this season before 4 o’clock. Parker surmised there could be something in that.

“Early kick-offs are different,” he pondered. “You’re waking up at 8am and the players are eating pasta. I’m always open to looking at certain things. A 12pm is different in terms of routine, training times, and the previous day. It’s something I look at but there could be something in that.

“We’re at the nitty gritty part of the season, the journey has been brilliant as I’ve seen a team develop and players grow. The players are in a good place and we have to maintain that.”

Source Adam Micklewright at Fulham FC
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