Scott Parker has dismissed suggestions that Bristol City are out of form – insisting his side will have to be at their very best to emerge from Ashton Gate with three points this weekend.

The Fulham head coach believes the Whites will be in for a competitive tussle in the Westcountry, despite their hosts having taken a single point from their last four Championship outings.

Parker told FFCTV: “I think you’re always wary in that sense, but at the same time I think you realise what you’re going into, and obviously they are on a bit of a bad run of form. But in saying that, they’re also a team that can put runs together, like they did at the beginning and in the middle of the season.

“We understand we’re going up against a wounded animal here and we need to keep pushing as hard as we can, silence the crowd a little bit, and keep going from where we’ve been leaving off over the last few weeks. They did a number on us in the home game and obviously beat us 2-1. I thought we played very well on the day and I remember having a penalty not given late on.

“They’re a good side. They’ve navigated this division, been in and around it for a long time. They understand what’s needed, and although they’re going through a little bit of a tough patch at the moment, we realise the challenge ahead that faces us going to their place.”

“It will be a tough game, but our away form over a course of games has been very good, and we’ll go there hoping to get as many points as we can.”