Scott Parker makes Fulham vow ahead of Leeds United clash

SCOTT Parker says his Fulham side will act quickly to learn from their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in time for Friday's showdown against Leeds United at Craven Cottage.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 5:00 pm

The third-bottom Cottagers gave their Premier League survival hopes an almighty boost with the previous weekend's 1-0 win at Liverpool but second-half strikes from John Stones and Gabriel Jesus plus a Sergio Aguero penalty gave City a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage on Saturday night.

Fulham are now two points behind fourth-bottom Newcastle United who also have a game in hand.

Leeds, who sit 12th, are ten points ahead of Parker's side and having played one game less.

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SETBACK: For Fulham boss Scott Parker, left, in Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Manchester City at Craven Cottage. Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images.

The Whites and Cottagers will lock horns at Craven Cottage in an 8pm kick-off on Friday night.

Asked if the City game was one to write off, Parker said as quoted by football.london: "Not one to write off.

"Of course we need to move on quick but it's not to write off because of the manner we conceded goals.

"It'll certainly be one we look on and work out where we made mistakes, where to get better in those moments and improve.

"That's key but we'll do that quickly, analyse that and move on to Leeds on Friday."

Reflecting on Saturday's contest as a whole, Parker said: "In the first half we took the game to Man City and played very well.

"We were solid out of possession.

"I asked the team to be brave in terms of setting up man to man in midfield. We did that very, very well and then it was some sloppy goals in 15 minutes in the second half. It's something we're not accustomed to seeing really.

"The set play goal was poor and then it was two individual errors that Man City pounced on. And the game was over at that point really.

"I asked the team to be brave and show some real courage. That's what you have to do against a top side like Man City if you're to try and leave a mark and have an affect on the game. We did that but the mistakes and goals we let in were poor goals."

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