Scott Parker was disappointed that his side could only draw at West Brom this afternoon – saying Fulham should have been ‘out of sight’ after dominating the first half at the Hawthorns.
Fulham held only a slender lead at half-time courtesy of Bobby Decordova-Reid’s early goal, but spurned a succession of openings to increase their lead. Parker bemoaned their failure to kill off the contest after the hosts roared back to lead through second half strikes from Kyle Bartley and Matheus Pereira, with Ivan Cavaleiro rescuing a point for the Whites with a diving header. The Cottagers’ boss told his post-match press conference:
The game should be out of sight at half-time. I thought we were fantastic in the first half, we moved the ball well. They had to make changes after 20 minutes. We had some big chances, the game should be done at the interval. I realise big chances were there to kill this game off. We weren’t on the right side of those moments today. We played some good football, but you need to put those moments away. That was the main factor.
Parker was critical of his side’s passivity after the break and had to turn to his bench to change the complexion of the game, with Harrison Reed and Cavaleiro combining for the equaliser just five minutes after coming on.
Second half we didn’t do well enough when you’re under pressure from long throws. Our subs came on and did very well, we have to deal with a point. We’re disappointed it’s not three but we keep moving. We looked a little bit flat second half. We needed a bit of a lift. We changed our shape slightly and it worked well.
The Fulham boss is refusing to write off his side’s chances of beating the drop despite taking just two points from their recent meetings with the teams directly around them in the relegation battle.
There’s 18 games left in the season and there’s still a long way to go. A lot of strange results are around and we’ll keep pushing with a team moving in the right direction.
Parker also appeared to confirm that there would be no new arrivals before the closure of the January transfer window.
I don’t think so. I’m being told that won’t be the case.