Scott Parker was disappointed that Fulham ‘fell a bit short’ in tonight’s defeat by Leicester – but he is far from throwing in the towel when it comes to his side’s survival prospect.

Fulham were beaten by first half goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and James Justin and a majestic midfield performance from playmaker James Maddison at Craven Cottage. Parker told his post-match press conference that his side lacked penetration and overall quality and were picked off by their visitors.

I thought we huffed-and-puffed tonight. Their quality in the attacking third for their goals was evident. The detail in their counter attack with the decisions they made was excellent. We weren’t able to take our moments, not necessarily with shots, but little overloads. We fell a little bit short. We understand we need to start winning football matches – we’re at a stage where there is a clear focus. We move onto Saturday.

The Fulham boss still believes his side have the quality to survive and attests to the character of his team.

For large parts we had a control about us. We played some good stuff without causing them too many problems. People may say I’m mad, but I see a team that can win football matches. There are 17 games left this season, we’ve seen what a couple of results in a short space of time can do. Am I looking at a team that’s wilting to a slow death? Not at all. My team is fully committed to the job in hand.

We need to win games now. We want to give ourselves a fighting chance to stay in this division. This team have progressed extremely well. We’ve gone from a team that was written off to a team that has worked on certain problems. When you’re newly-promoted progression is what you need to work on. This is a great group of lads that are working their hardest. The way we win games is by putting in strong, confident performances. We can’t let defeats derail us.