Parker explains rising confidence in Fulham fight against relegation despite Man Utd loss

Scott Parker saw the fact that he was disappointed Fulham didn’t get anything against Manchester United as a sign of progress.

Fulham have a strong record after scoring first in games under Parker, but it was always going to be a challenge to hold on to the lead they gained against title challengers United.

After going 2-1 down, Parker’s side kept probing and had chances to equalise – but ultimately got nothing from the match. They remain in the relegation zone as a result.

However, their recent form has suggested they have a chance of fighting to stay up. Indeed, Parker thought the performance against United showed they have the quality to compete in the Premier League.

He told Match of the Day: “I’m really pleased but I’m disappointing at the same time, which shows how far we’ve come. We’ve held our own against the top teams in the last few games.

“We caused them a lot of problems but the big moments in the game, we didn’t execute them this time. I love the team at the moment and I’m really proud.

“We’ve worked tirelessly and we will work hard on the training field to execute those chances and hopefully it will improve.”

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Examining the goals that decided the game, Parker said: “[Ademola Lookman] had a lot of time to compose himself and it was a fantastic finish.

“We lost it on a mistake and a fantastic goal by Paul Pogba.

“Alphonse Areola has been fantastic all season and he’ll be the first to be disappointed. He’s made an error today but he’ll come back.”

Overall, Parker insisted that his “threatening” Fulham side can maintain a push to avoid the drop.

“I saw a team today that looked threatening and tried their hardest to get back into but we go again. The next challenge is to maintain where we are and don’t let defeat sink us.

“No doubt we can win and operate in this division and we just need to push on and keep improving.”

Solskjaer impressed with Man Utd reaction

Meanwhile, Man Utd boss Solskjaer admitted he was not happy with the way his side allowed Fulham to take the lead.

Even so, he was impressed with the way they reacted to going behind.

“I think we started slow but after their goal I felt we played well,” he said. “We needed to wake up and after that we played really well.”

Unpicking the first goal, where United’s defenders appeared to stop, thinking Ademola Lookman was offside, Solskjaer said: “We don’t do offsides really, we should follow the run.

“We had not woken up but good reaction.”

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