Fulham head coach Scott Parker believes Fulham will be in for a tough contest against struggling Huddersfield Town this weekend.
Saturday’s opponents have found life difficult after relegation from the top flight last year and are six points above the Championship drop zone, but Parker believes they will be battling for every point. He told his pre-match press conference:
“Huddersfield are a team that was in the Premier League with us last year and have not got the results, certainly early on in the season. Their position in the league is what it is, and they’re probably disappointed with that. But they’re under new management and if there’s one thing you can guarantee from their squad of players it’s that they’ll fight. They’re trying everything they can to scrap for points.
“It’s always difficult and I always say to the team that first and foremost you’re going to have to win the fight against this team, and hopefully after that your quality prevails.”
Parker knows that the Terriers possess serious attacking threats, including from top scorer Karlan Grant.
“He’s a good player for them and has scored a few goals. He’s certainly a threat for them going forward, but it would be unfair on the others to just single him out. There’s Fraizer Campbell, the boy from Arsenal that they’ve got in, [Emile] Smith Rowe. They’ve got some good players who you’ve got to respect. They can hurt you, so we’ll be aware of that.”
Parker said that Neeskens Kebano should be available for selection with the Whites set to make a late call on Aboubakar Kamara’s fitness.
“We’re still struggling a little bit with injuries, but we’ve got a couple coming back. Neeskens Kebano will be around it and involved hopefully, Abou Kamara’s trained only two days so it might be a little bit touch and go. Everyone else, it is what it is. Knockaert will still be unavailable for this game, Mitrovic is outside but it’s still too early to call really.”