Fulham skipper Scott Parker says that there is a strong belief amongst the squad after their unbeaten start to the new season.
The Whites return to Craven Cottage to face Cardiff City this weekend after three consecutive away games and aim to continue the impressive form that has taken them joint top of the early Championship table. Parker told the club’s official website that he believes much of the groundwork was laid during a tough pre-season and wants to replicate Fulham’s eye-catching football against their Welsh visitors.
I think confidence is high. Obviously, we’ve come off pre-season, done very well and I think I said in an interview a little while ago that sometimes you’re not going to take anything from that, obviously winning games is always good, but once the season starts it’s a big test. We’ve had some very good results, played very well again the other night against Leeds, probably a little bit disappointed we didn’t win the game in the end after conceding a late goal, but confidence is really high. We are playing some good football as well – hopefully long may it continue.
The 35 year-old, who has formed an effective partnership with new signing Kevin McDonald at the base of Slavisa Jokanovic’s midfield, could feature in his fourth fixture in twelve days and knows Cardiff, who have been inconsistent at the start of their season, will prove a difficult challenge.
I think whenever someone asks me about the team we are coming up against, it is always going to be the same message. We understand what the league’s like. Cardiff are a very good side, it will be a tough, tough game. They will be coming to Craven Cottage to obviously try and get the points, so it will be very difficult for us, but like I said confidence is high and I think we’re in a good place to go and do well in the game.
Parker, who scored Fulham’s equaliser in the corresponding fixture last season, says the players are relishing the return to the Cottage after the atmosphere and euphoria of the opening night victory over Championship promotion favourites Newcastle.
The first game of the season was electric. The fans were fantastic, probably the best they’ve been for a long while at Craven Cottage and, the way we’re playing this year, we’ve only experienced that once – and that was against Newcastle – so to be back at the Cottage on a Saturday, I’m sure the fans will come in their droves again and hopefully we can show, exactly what we’ve been doing on the road for the last couple of games and put in another good performance.
He has called on Fulham to put their disappointment of conceding a late equaliser at Leeds on Tuesday behind them by putting in a strong showing against Paul Trollope’s side.
We were all a bit disappointed with didn’t get the three points [at Leeds]. I think there’s a couple of factors. I think we all want to go out there on Saturday in front of home fans and we want to show exactly what we’ve been doing and I think part of us will want to get rid of that frustration from Tuesday night as well.