Parker ‘disappointed’ to only draw with Liverpool; left baffled by non-penalty

Date published: Sunday 13th December 2020 8:08 - Steve Pearson

Fulham manager Scott Parker insisted it shows how far his side have come to be left disappointed with picking up just one point versus Liverpool.

The Cottagers produced a flying start to put Liverpool under all sorts of pressure in the early stages.

Their weight of chances eventually paid off when Bobby Reid handed them a first-half lead, though a late Mohamed Salah penalty ensured the spoils were shared.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Parker said: “I feel a bit disappointed. The players do as well. It shows how far we’ve come.

“There were two different halves. The first half, we were every bit of what we needed – commitment, energy, desire, passion. We showed a real quality and caused Liverpool problems.

“The second half panned out like everyone expected. Overall I’m very pleased.

“We came out of the blocks flying today. We showed our quality. We can play. I thought we did that very well in the first half.”

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Parker can’t “understand” penalty incident


A Fabinho challenge inside the area produced a multi-minute VAR check for a penalty that split opinion across the media.

On the incident, Parker said: “At real speed I didn’t think it was a penalty. I didn’t even contemplate it. But it’s gone to VAR asking him to check the monitor. I’ve seen it, I don’t understand how he hasn’t given a penalty.

“Their player had to hit my player’s foot to get the ball. I don’t understand how we can have a discussion about that penalty. I understand in real time but we have VAR.

“We were resilient today. We closed up. We’ve all seen late goals [from Liverpool], a real endeavour to score the winner but we stood strong.

“Last three games – Leicester, Manchester City and Liverpool – I don’t think anyone would have given us a chance. We’ve got four points from those three games that people wouldn’t have believed.”


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