Scott Parker is hoping for a happy return to Stamford Bridge when the Whites make the short journey down Fulham Road to face Chelsea on Saturday afternoon (5.30pm).
Parker took residency at Stamford Bridge for a season and a half earlier in his career and the midfielder knows full well that the SW6 derby will be tricky test for his new team.
“It’s obviously going to be a big game,” he said. “We’ll go there and we’ll set out and see what we can do. We’ve worked hard this week and we’ll try to pick up a result if we can.
“Certainly for us it’s obviously another game against a very good team which we’ve prepared for, and we will go there and try to give them a game.
“We all want to get the results that we are striving for. I’m sure if we carry on the way we are going and keep improving, I think we can make fast improvements week in week out. Hopefully we can keep taking those small steps and we can start to pick up results.”
While Fulham did pick up a result in their last outing, there was still a feeling of regret after West Bromwich Albion snatched a late equaliser following a corner at Craven Cottage last week.
“We were very disappointed we didn’t get the result in the end,” Parker admitted. “I think the performance was pretty good to be fair. In the first half we absolutely dominated and deserved to go 1-0 up and second half we came under the cosh a little bit.
“I still thought that we probably edged it and still deserved to win. We passed the ball around very well and we looked a very organised team.
“We had three goals disallowed and in the end they put us under a lot of pressure. Towards the end they put in some long balls and unfortunately one has gone in from a set play. But I think there are a lot of positives to take.