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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker was disappointed

last updated Monday 16th September 2019, 1:30 PM

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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker
Fulham Head Coach
Scott Parker
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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker was ultimately disappointed with the result, after watching his side draw 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion at Craven Cottage.

The Whites had the better of the game throughout and got the breakthrough when Anthony Knockaert’s cross dipped in, but the Baggies proved why they are promotion contenders, levelling late on through Semi Ajayi.

“I am disappointed overall with the result,” said Fulham’s Head Coach.

“I thought in the first-half we were dominant, had some glorious opportunities and if we went into half-time two up nobody could have argued with that.

“In the second half, we came out, played well and after the goal we probably played into West Brom’s hands a little bit and go away from what we are about as a team, the way we wanted to play suited them.

“They are a counter attacking team, with a lot of pace in their front line and it turned into a bit of a basketball match very early in the half, and that was the disappointing thing really.”

The Whites played out from the back throughout the game, and Fulham’s Head Coach is pleased that his side displayed bravery and stuck with his philosophy.

“I feel like it’s the only way we can play, and I’ve told the lads how brave they are with the ball because it takes a lot to do what they do,” explained Parker.

“We’re playing that way for a reason. West Brom are a team who like to sit back, and we needed to carve out openings.

“The easy option is for Bettinelli to bang it up to [Aleksandar] Mitrovic, but for me, these players will not win football matches like that.

“What I want is for the players to believe in what they are doing, have the courage and bravery to keep doing it because, if not, West Brom could probably end up winning the game with the pace they have in their team.

“People were saying that their goal may have been a foul. It dropped under the bar from the corner and then the lad is just free to tap it in.

“It’s disappointing to concede like that. I felt that was the point within the game where we had to weather the storm, which eventually proved difficult for us.”

Both Harrison Reed and Bobby Decordova-Reid both started, as Parker opted for an attack-minded midfield.

“I thought Harrison was outstanding today, he played last week against Cardiff who were a tough team to face but this afternoon I thought he was immense,” Parker stated.

“Bobby was the same. Both players understand what we are trying to do at this Club.

“We need a player like Harrison Reed, he was very good today.”

When asked whether Mitrovic felt tired, Scott said:

“If Mitro scores, he’s not lacking a yard, he’s on flames, he’s in the form of his life. If he doesn’t score, he’s lacking a yard.

“On another day the crosses in the first-half fall for him and it’s a different story.”

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