Scott Parker insisted that a great escape could be on the cards for Fulham after they claimed a surprise 2-0 win away at Everton.
Fulham had never previously won at Goodison Park in a league game, but finally got a victory to savour thanks to two goals from January loan signing Josh Maja.
The result leaves Fulham seven points from safety with 15 games to go. The gap may seem large at present, but if they can produce performances like that more regularly, there is plenty of time for them to ask questions of the teams above them.
Fulham had gone 12 games without a win in the league before facing Everton. However, Parker was confident his team were making improvements, and that reached fruition at Goodison.
He told BBC Sport: “It has been coming, for sure. The difference is that we win the game by putting the ball in the net.
“People may be seeing that it turns but for the large part in the last 15 games we have been consistent. We were brilliant, superb in everything we did in defence and attack. I don’t think we deserved anything less to be honest.
“Today it (goals) has been the difference. I constantly say to this team, you cannot keep creating the chances and that is a good marker to keep belief. We have been on the wrong side of fine margins but in and around the six yard box we have sniffed out chances and got a big win.
“Hopefully (the great escape can happen). That is how we go about our work. We have been drawing too many games and we need to be winning them. We now go into two massive games and onto the rest of the season.”
Parker has ‘full belief’ in Fulham
Parker continued: “I have got full belief in this team, I honestly have.
“People judge performances on wins and losses, I have a different view because I see it everyday and have to be more rational looking at my team. It gives me constant belief.
“I know what we need to do and the players do too. We can’t control what is around us, we just need to go out and win football matches. If we do that I know it will be OK.
“They said our record here was not great but it is irrelevant to me and I am happy to get the win.”