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Scott Parker was pleased with Fulham’s response to their opening day defeat at Barnsley – praising his side’s bravery for sticking to their style of play during today’s 2-0 win over Blackburn.

The Whites recorded their first three points of the Championship campaign with a home victory that was without a few sloppy moments – but Parker insisted his team should stick to playing in the manner he has drilled them in throughout pre-season.

There was a bit of edginess and nerves at the beginning from us, but at same time the boys were also very brave. The way I want us to play comes with a certain risk and a world-class strike from Tom [Cairney] eased things for us. Last week at Barnsley, we took the easy option at times. As a team we‘re not going to win football matches that way.

Of course Blackburn caused us one or two problems with some big balls into the box, but we had control of the game after Tom’s goal. We were a bit short in terms of physicality and the basics of the game last week, so we spoke all week about giving ourselves the foundation by doing the basics well.

We did the dirty side well and that gave us the platform to go and produce through the individuals we have. We have got a lot of experience in this team with Tom, Mitro and Tim Ream in this team. And Harry Arter has come in who had a promotion with Bournemouth. We all realise how tough this league is, but we’re expecting a big season here.