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.
Tony Khan needs to go as soon as possible. Financial Fair Play isn’t an excuse; neither is Coronavirus. Tony I’m sure you understand that in American Football, the quarterback is the most influential position on the pitch, it’s a bit like a striker in English football. So I wonder why the Jacksonville Jaguars have three quarterbacks on there roster-where as we at Fulham Football Club have only one recognised striker!
Watching this game was awful we are back playing Parkerball again,after scoring early we reverted to passing the ball backwards and sideways showboating instead of going for more goals when we had them on the ropes,no wonder we can’t win games,I don’t think Aina made one forward pass all game,Lemina holds on to the ball to long and then loses it to often and Robinson’s crossing was woefull .Mitro was brilliant and always makes good passes which can’t be said of many of our players.The second half we were far too slow I think we thought it was a done thing at 1 nil we should have been going for 2 or three more goals before we started showboating.If we carry on playing this way I can’t see us winning any more games.
The only thing out of sight is Tony Khan. Out of sight, out of mind and out of control!
I’m no fan of Tony Khan: after the damage both his arrogance and his ignorance have done to the club, how could any Fulham supporter be? To be fair, though, financial fair play rules are an excuse. What is not an excuse is the foolishness that got us into the FFP mess in the first place, in other words Tony Khan acting like a small boy in a sweet shop and buying inferior players at inflated prices. Could we please have a management financial control system that prevents the club from suffering our current situation?