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Scott Parker hailed matchwinner Bobby Decordova-Reid after the forward stepped off the substitutes’ bench to settle the west London derby against QPR and secure Fulham’s place in round four.

Decordova-Reid fired home his sixth goal of the season to break the deadlock towards the end of the first period of extra time and had a hand in the second just two minutes later that put the game well beyond the Championship side. The Fulham boss was delighted with the Jamaican international’s impact and believes he will have a huge part to play as Fulham battle to survive in the Premier League.

Parker told his post-match press conference:

He’s going to be very important. He has a knack for being in the right areas, an eye for a goal and it’s going to be important for where we are at the moment. He’s someone who can get goals for us this year and his finish today was fantastic.

Parker also heaped praise on the returning Josh Onomah, who made his first senior appearance since October.

I thought he was superb. I didn’t expect the performance in terms of how well he did physically – certainly going into extra time. The conditioning guys have done a fantastic job with him to get him to this level. That was his first game for some time and I thought it was the Josh Onomah we’ve got to know so I was very, very pleased. He looked powerful and of course, I think we all understand from last year, he’s got quality and I think he’s got a big part to play. Still more to come.

The Fulham boss was delighted that his side managed to overcome a potential banana skin having had two weeks off after a coronavirus outbreak at Motspur Park forced two postponements after Christmas.

We had to move things around a little bit in terms of the squad because that’s the position we’re in. I’m pleased overall because momentum sticks with us, it’s a win. We are unbeaten in five, with a clean sheet as well and overall there are a lot of positives.