Scott Parker admits Fulham need to return to winning ways – and quickly.
Despite Parker’s best efforts, the Whites went down to a 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City on Saturday.
The loss was Fulham’s fourth straight league defeat and fifth in all competitions and leaves Martin Jol’s side in the bottom three.
“It’s going to be a difficult year for us with the way it’s started in terms of points,” said Parker. “If you look at the table it doesn’t look pretty – it’s there for all to see. We need to get some points because it’s going to be a tough season for us. We know that.
“The key is results. If you can win a couple of games, then suddenly the pressure comes off and things happen for you a little bit. There’s only so many times you can say you played well and were unlucky not to come away with a point. On Saturday, I thought we played well. We had a few chances, we hit a post, but we haven’t won the game.”
Parker is desperate to help Fulham put of their current predicament and, after being handed the Captain’s armband against the Swans, led by example, throwing himself into tackles, driving his side forward and hauling the Whites level just after the hour mark when his cross dipped in at the far post.
“We were always in the game and when we got it back to 1-1 I thought we could maybe go and push on for the win or at least get a draw,” he stated. “It wasn’t meant to be and we end up coming away without a point which is obviously bitterly disappointing.”
On his goal, Parker confessed: “I think it was a cross. I’d love to say it was a shot and I’ll tell my boys it was!”
The home faithful vented their frustrations at the final whistle but Parker said: “All of us are frustrated and I can totally understand where the fans are coming from. They come and pay their money and want to see us winning games. At the moment, we’re not doing that.”
Parker, who limped out of the action late on with a slight knock to his ankle, believes the arrival of new Head Coach Rene Meulensteen will aid Fulham’s cause.
The England international added: “Rene’s come in and we’ve only been working with him for three or four days. It’s a new person in the building and along with the lads we’ve got before and the rest of the squad, we’ve got to stick together. Hopefully Rene can bring a bit of experience, guidance and something different and we can get some points.”