Parker says Fulham were vacant in the final third after Preston defeat

Date published: Wednesday 11th December 2019 4:09

Fulham manager Scott Parker says he was disappointed with his sides play in the final third after last night’s defeat away to Preston North End.

The Cottagers went a goal down after Sean Maguire gave the hosts the lead from a corner in the 23rd minute.

The game became a heated affair as Denis Odoi saw red a couple of minutes later following a shocking flying elbow. Preston full back Joe Rafferty was then also sent packing following a horrific lunge.

Things went from bad to worse for Fulham when football league veteran David Nugent doubled Preston’s lead, bundling the ball over the line in the early part of the second half.

Aleksander Mitrovic halved the deficit with the less than 10 minutes left but he could not prevent Fulham’s second consecutive defeat.

The loss now means Fulham are 10 points adrift of second place West Brom, and manager Scott Parker said his team simply weren’t good enough in offensive half.

He said: “I just felt in the top end of the pitch as well we lacked a real cutting edge in the final third.

“We got to the edge of the box pretty well, we got to the final third pretty well but lacked quality in that sense.

“Any crossing opportunities on goal, we just lacked any bit of movement in and around the penalty area as well.”

 

Parker was also unhappy with his sides poor defensive performance.

He added: “Defensively, we gave away sloppy, cheap goals. You can’t give over goals that easy in any division, not just in this division.

“At this present moment in time we need to score two or three goals to win a football match and ultimately it’s giving yourself an uphill task really.”

Fulham face off against bitter west London rivals Brentford this weekend before a promotion six pointer against Leeds United next weekend.

 

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