Parker: Nine Cup Finals

Monday 14 March 2016 11:19

Scott Parker has called for unity and togetherness throughout the final nine games of the season, and wants the team to approach each match as if it’s a cup final.

The Whites suffered a huge blow on Saturday afternoon, falling to a defeat against Bristol City, who at the start of play were on the same points tally. Having taken an early lead through an inspired chip from striker Ross McCormack, Fulham looked comfortable until a second half salvo from the visitors saw a key victory slip away.

It left the home fans in a despondent mood at the final whistle, and the Club Captain felt their pain.

“We said it before the game and it still applies,” Parker told the official website. “They got behind us and we are obviously gutted we couldn’t get the result for them and for ourselves.

“Listen, there is no hiding the fact that we are in trouble and we need to dig in and we need everyone behind us.

“Hopefully the fans can stick with us and we can pick up the results that we need to get ourselves out of the trouble that we are currently in.

“We were comfortable for long stretches again and we lost our way a little bit. We need to fight.”

With nine games remaining and the breathing room between the bottom three and the Whites ever dwindling, Parker knows his team need to up their performance levels.

With a week to prepare before a trip up to the Midlands to face Birmingham City, the 35-year-old wants Fulham to solidify and approach the game in the right mind-set, fitting to the situation that they currently find themselves in.

“Every game is important now,” he said. “We have got nine left and every single one of those is a cup final for us.

“It’s clichéd but it’s true. We all know what is in front of us over the final games of this season.

“We know Birmingham will be a tough match. They are in the top half and are a well organised unit. We need to dig in, get everyone behind us, then turn it around.”

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