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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker: We will try and take the points

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Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker has got his Fulham players ready for what promises to be a difficult encounter with Brentford on Friday.

The Bees claimed the bragging rights at Griffin Park earlier in the season, and Parker acknowledged the job Thomas Frank has done there.

“It’s a massive game for us, a London derby against a team that’s just behind us in the table, a team who when we played them earlier in the season put in a very good performance against us,” Parker said.

“I felt that day we were a little bit off it, but I think they were well worthy of the three points. They’ve done very well this year, so there’s a big task ahead of us. There’s always challenges ahead, and Friday will be that certainly.”

As the joint top scorers in the division, Brentford have understandably won plaudits for their attacking play, primarily their forwards Ollie Watkins, Bryan Mbeumo and Said Benrahma, who have plundered 46 goals between them.

“A very good front three,” Parker admitted. “They’re right up there in this division. They’re powerful boys who have scored a lot of goals between them.

“We realise the dangers they possess in that front line. I think all over the pitch they’re a very good side. But as always we’ll have prepared as well as we can.

“We’ve come out of the back of some very good form of late and we’re in a good place, so I suspect we’ll go out there and put in a really good performance to try and take the points.”

The headlines this week have been dominated by speculation regarding how football might be affected by the Coronavirus.

Playing matches behind closed doors has been mooted as one option, but Parker would rather the fans did not miss out on supporting their team.

“I’d rather not play without a crowd,” he said. “I think anyone sitting in my position, as a football manager or football player, would either want a crowd, or not play and play another time.

“Obviously it’s not the same in terms of the atmosphere and what makes our game so good. As a player, having a crowd behind you, especially a home crowd, is always good.

“As a football manager, and even if I was in the players’ shoes, I want to be running out with thousands of our home fans supporting us, rather than none.

“But I’m not qualified to speak about it, the people who are skilled in that department will decide.

“It’s easy for me to sit here and say let’s postpone it and that I’d rather play with a crowd in two weeks' time, but the dynamics of the division, the Euros, next season, there’s loads [of factors].”





























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