Time To Regroup

Sunday 10 November 2013 10:00

Scott Parker wants to see Fulham build a platform in matches having seen his side concede two quick first-half goals on Saturday.

An own goal from Fernando Amorebieta was followed by a Martin Skrtel header as hosts Liverpool stamped their authority midway through the opening period. Luis Suarez added a third, finishing coolly on 36 minutes, with the Uruguayan bagging his second and the Reds’ fourth early in the second half.

“It was very much a similar scenario to the week before when we conceded goals in quick succession against Manchester United,” said Parker to fulhamfc.com. “At this level, you just can’t let that happen. We’re talking about two of the top teams in the Premier League and, again, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

“We’re hugely disappointed, particularly as we feel we could have done better from three of their four goals. Their third, when Jordan Henderson played the ball through to Luis Suarez, was a good move – but we should have done more with the others.

“The first two came from set-pieces and that’s always difficult to take. It’s happened a few times now, so we really need to address that moving forward.

“When the second goal went in, we struggled to respond. They really came at us, and full credit, because at times they played some exceptional football. They moved the ball really well and, as a result, they were very hard to contain.”

Despite Saturday’s disappointment, the 33-year-old midfielder ran his heart out, doing his best to drive Fulham forward from the middle of the park and disrupt the Reds’ rhythm. In a testing period, Parker’s experience is vital.

“We need to try and regroup, and go again as soon as we can,” he added. “It will be a tough week, it always is on the back of those kind of results. We need to react with the right performance against Swansea City next time out.

“With the international break, we have to wait a little while now to address the situation but it’s important that we’re ready. We need the result, we need to erase recent results and turn things around.

“For me, we’re just not giving ourselves an opportunity out there. We’re not creating a base to build from, instead we’re trailing matches and putting ourselves under the cosh.

“We need to get our noses in front and take the play to the opposition. It’s about finding that momentum and asserting our own game again.”