Parker identifies the Fulham star critical to their chances of survival

Date published: Saturday 9th January 2021 7:11 - Steve Pearson


Fulham boss Scott Parker picked out a particular star of their FA Cup victory over QPR as being vital to achieving their aims this season.

Fulham left it late, but with the aid of extra time ultimately progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Two goals in four minutes from Bobby Decordova-Reid and Neeskens Kebano secured the tie against their London rivals.

Speaking to the media following the match (via the PA), Parker said: “We had to move things around a little bit in terms of the squad because that’s the position we’re in.

“I’m pleased overall because momentum sticks with us, it’s a win. We are unbeaten in five, with a clean sheet as well and overall there are a lot of positives.”

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Parker handed a start to Aleksander Mitrovic despite the Serbian being disciplined for a breach of Covid-19 restrictions on New Year’s Eve.

Parker said: “We’ve dealt with the matter internally, Aleks knows my position, we turn the page now and move on.

“He’s been punished, he has to face the consequences but now we move on and he moves on, keeps improving and showing his quality.”

Picking out who is likely to play a crucial role in their bid for survival, Parker picked out their first goalscorer on the day, Decordova-Reid.

“He’s going to be very important,” said Parker. “He has a knack for being in the right areas, an eye for a goal and it’s going to be important for where we are at the moment.”


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