Scott Parker has expressed his delight with his Fulham side after their 2-0 win at Cardiff on Friday secured a play-off spot for the Cottagers.
Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty upon his return to the side and Josh Onomah’s goal made sure of a vital three points.
However, Parker insists that his side will not sit back now, as they still have their sights set on automatic promotion.
“It’s there and we need to keep pushing, I’m delighted we’ve got to the play-offs,” he told the Birmingham Mail.
“This team we’ve played tonight was in the Premier League with us, and they were eight points better than us there only a year ago.
“To get to the play-offs like we have, to perform as we have this year, I feel that we’ve done very, very well.
A MESSAGE FOR MITROVIC
Fulham were boosted by the return of talisman Mitrovic against Cardiff. The Serbian came back into the side after serving a three-match ban for elbowing Leeds’ Ben White.
He marked his return with a goal, emphatically dispatching from the spot after he was pulled over by Dion Sanderson in the box.
The goal puts him on 24 for the season and he will no doubt have a part to play in Fulham‘s hunt for the top two, or in the play-offs.
“It’s a big boost for us to have Mitrovic back, he’s been an integral part of what we do,” Parker added.
“He made a big mistake and had to take his medicine. The team had to step up and go without him and they have done extremely well in that time, stepping up to a man.
“But we’re pleased to have him back of course we are. It’s a squad game with how thick and fast the matches are coming. So we’ve got to keep pushing and keep going.”
TUESDAY’S TRIP TO THE HAWTHORNS
Fulham continue their quest for an immediate return to the top flight with a crunch clash with second-placed West Brom at the Hawthorns.
“We’ll go there hoping to get a result to try to keep the pressure on,” Parker said. We had to stand up tonight [Saturday] to a challenge that was always going to be there from a strong and physical Cardiff team.
“A team that put the ball in the right areas from set plays and from all over the pitch. There was an element of real quality that shone through at times.
“We would have liked to have a bit more control but that’s difficult against a good team like Cardiff.
“But also 2-0 is probably a fair result and on the scale of things we’ve had some other big big chances we’ve missed And overall I’m pleased with the result and my team’s resilience.”