'They're the best at it' - Scott Parker praises Leeds United after their win over his relegation-threatened Fulham
Leeds United succeeded in turning the game into a 'basketball match' en route to what Scott Parker said was a deserved 2-1 victory over his Fulham side.
The Cottagers boss had no complaints with the result, but was bitterly disappointed with his own side's performance.
Defeat leaves Fulham third from bottom and two points from safety, having played two more games than both Newcastle and Brighton, the two teams directly above them.
"Disappointed tonight, we didn't deserve anything from the game and the best team won," said Parker.
"We huffed and puffed and were probably fortunate to go in at 1-1. We have a massive chance just before they score but the best team won tonight. We struggled at times and that was disappointing.
"The way Leeds play they make it end to end, they want it like a basketball match. We spoke about cool heads in those moments but we struggled with that at times. I've said after losses we payed really well but that wasn't the case tonight.
"You're always in the game with Leeds because of the way they play. It's not something we've come to see in terms of our performance tonight. The game became too eratic and you're playing a team that want the game to be like that, they're the best at it. Under stress you need to make good decisions and we didn't do that.
"We never had a foothold in the game which is full credit to Leeds. If the goal goes in maybe it's a different story but we didn't deserve anything."
Parker is certain his side can bounce back, however, having given themselves a chance of survival with their recent improved performances and results, including a win at Anfield.
"We've got eight games, eight finals," he said.
"We've put ourselves in a great position. Very disappointed with tonight but this is a little blip. We regroup and come back fighting like we have for the rest of the year.
"Never get too high when you're winning and vice versa. With a performance like tonight you have to understand we need to get better. We need to be honest with ourselves. We have eight massive games left."