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Boyhood Liverpool fan Bobby Decordova-Reid paid tribute to Scott Parker’s ‘perfect gameplan‘ after Fulham pulled off an astounding win at Anfield to boost their survival hopes yesterday afternoon.

The Fulham utility man told the club’s official website that Parker had instilled the belief in the squad that the Whites could add to Liverpool’s miserable home run and they travelled to Merseyside with the firm belief that they could take all three points. Decordova-Reid, who scored in December’s draw between the sides at Craven Cottage, was in no doubt about the importance of the victory.

“It was massive, and the best thing is that we knew we had a chance, we knew that if we played our game and were resilient in what we were doing, that we would have a good chance, and the gameplan came off perfectly. We all believed before the game. The manager told us in meetings beforehand that we’ve got to have belief.

“We know how well we can play, they were a wounded animal and we knew if we applied pressure and played our game that we would be okay, and it was just a nice feeling when the whistle went to get the three points as that will bring confidence into the games coming up.”

There will be no let up from Fulham in the matches to come, starting with the visit of runaway league leaders Manchester City to Craven Cottage on Saturday night.

“We don’t fear anyone in this league. We know how good we are. Conceding goals, we’re second in the table for the past I don’t know how many games. We know that we’re good defensively and we know that we can score goals and play good football so, listen, we’ll just bounce into every game with high confidence and the belief that we can beat anyone.”

Decordova-Reid lauded the quality of Fulham’s enterprising first half display, where they dominated possession and had the better of the chances before going ahead through a fine finish from Mario Lemina.

“I think the first half we played really well. We were probably unfortunate not to have a couple of goals, to be honest. Ade got down the left a few times and we probably should have scored from one of those, but it wasn’t to be so we kept on plugging away. Mario’s goal was good and the timing was perfect.

Liverpool’s a very good team so you know you’re going to have to be very defensively good, structurally you have to be good, and you’ve got to be resilient in your defending. That was the case first and foremost, and then we were able to attack off that. And I think we did that, to a man, perfectly. It was a tale of two halves; in the first half we showed how well we can play, and in the second half we showed how resilient we can be defensively and what it meant to us, and I think we deserved to win.”