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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker immensely proud

last updated Monday 08th March 2021, 9:38 AM

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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker

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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker was beaming in his post-match press conference after Fulham claimed a thoroughly deserved victory away to Liverpool.

After taking the game to the Champions throughout the opening 45 minutes, the Whites eventually made a breakthrough on the stroke of half-time when Mario Lemina picked Mohamed Salah’s pocket before lashing inside the far post.

The hosts improved after the break but some resolute defending from Parker’s men ensured we took a huge three points back to SW6.

“I’m immensely proud,” he said. “It was a big performance today. First half I thought we were fantastic really, both halves actually.

“In the first half we were the front foot, attacking team I want us to be, we created numerous chances and got our noses in front through some great skill from Mario.

“And second half we didn’t want it to pan out that way but you understand if you come to a place like Anfield, with the quality that they possess, that you’re going to have to be organised, you’re going to have to be disciplined, win some headers, be good in your box.

“I thought the defensive line second half and the organisation from that was top as well. It’s a massive result and I’m proud of them.

“The players have taken on every ounce of information they were given in the two, three days leading into this game.

“They worked tirelessly in meetings and obviously on the training field, and they put that into action first half and it worked very well.

“And in the second half, like I said, we had a resilience, something you need to fall back on, certain foundations, and I thought we did that to a tee.

“We withstood a storm but still limited them to few chances.”

The win moved us level on points with 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion and to within one point of Newcastle United.

Parker, though, insists sole attention will remain on what the boys of Fulham Football Club do.

“It’s honestly not for me to say,” he replied when asked if our win will have concerned those above us.

“We need to focus on us and not anyone around us, not any other results that have gone on.

“We focus on what keeps getting us performances, what makes us better, and the team I want us to be.

“And I know that if that’s our main focus, I know we can get results in this league, I know we will be more than fine in this league, I honestly do.

“What other teams are thinking and what other teams are doing is down to them. This is us, and it will remain that way.

“A result and a win like this galvanises, not that this team needed galvanising or a result to give us belief or an understanding of what we can do this year, because that’s always been there, and that’s the constant message.

“What’s happening around us and who we’re dragging in is an irrelevance, and that will remain the case.

“If we’d taken any notice or taken the focus off us, we wouldn’t be in this position that we’re now in, so my message stays the same.

“The players and the team understand it’s about us coming in every day, learning, wanting to get better and moving in the right direction. And that won’t change.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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