Scott Parker felt his Fulham side could have claimed all three points at Bramall Lane this afternoon – and professed himself pleased with a much improved second half performance.

Aleksandar Mitrovic missed a penalty before Ademola Lookman gave Fulham the lead with a fine individual goal, but Sheffield United denied the visitors’ their first Premier League win of the season through Billy Sharp’s late penalty.

Parker told his post-match press conference:

When you analyse the game and look at the chances we had, we’re disappointed we haven’t won. First half we were a bit cagey.

I thought in the second half we were exceptional. In the first half, we came with a bit of plan, we needed to tinker things at half-time and the players responded very well. The second half, I saw a dynamic team, a team that could create chances and I was pleased overall in that sense. There is still plenty of learning and plenty of improvement to do – a young team with young players coming in and making their debuts.

The team is going in the right direction, not just today. The last performance as well was very pleasing. From where we were in the first three games where we had our struggles we appear to be coming out of that and pushing in the right direction.