Scott Parker thinks Fulham are going in the right direction despite not being able to hold on to all three points against Sheffield United.
Fulham took the lead through Ademola Lookman, but a late Billy Sharp penalty gave Sheffield United a share of the spoils.
Even though they could not hold on for the win, it gives Fulham their first point of the season. And manager Parker was focusing on the positives after the game, despite acknowledging the fact that they have work to do.
“I thought in the second half performance we were exceptional,” he told Match of the Day.
“In the first half we came with a bit of plan, we needed to tinker things at half time and the players responded very well. Second half I saw a dynamic team, a team that could create chances and I was pleased overall in that sense.
“Still plenty of learning and plenty of improvement to do. A young team with young players coming in and making their debuts. Overall pleased.
“Playing against a very well drilled side here and their formation can cause you problems. We tried to nullify their threat. On the counter attacking side I thought we looked deadly. Pleased with that but probably need to be a bit more clinical in these moments.
“I was very pleased. The team is going in the right direction, not just today. The last performance as well was very pleasing. From where we were in the first three games where we had our struggles we appear to be coming out of that and pushing in the right direction.”
Parker not blaming Mitrovic
Fulham could have won the game if Aleksandar Mitrovic had scored a penalty earlier in the second half, when the game was still goalless.
However, Parker was refusing to blame the Serbian striker for their failure to earn three points.
“It was painful for him but he has earned the right,” he said. “Today wasn’t his day but he has scored and assisted a lot of goals.
“This is someone we owe a lot to. He will dust himself down and go again.”