Head Coach Presser

Saturday 10 August 2019 18:00

Scott Parker was pleased with how his players stuck to their principles in the 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

After something of a coy start to the game, Fulham grew in confidence after Tom Cairney’s superb opener, and ended up seeing the match out without too many issues.

“I think there was a bit of edginess, a few nerves amongst us [at the start],” Parker said. “But saying that I probably sound like I’m contradicting myself as I thought the boys were really brave in the way I wanted us to play.

“With the way we play comes a certain risk. Today I thought the players were brave in taking on that risk.

“Last week at times we took the easy option and, for me, as a footballing side we’re not going to win matches in that way. As much there was a real nervousness, there was [also] a real bravery amongst us, and obviously a world class strike eases that and from there we had control of the game.

“They caused us one or two problems with some balls into the box but overall I was quite comfortable in the way we ended the game.”

He continued: “All week we spoke about the Barnsley result and how we came up short in terms of the physicality of that game, in terms of the basics of the game. I said to them about giving themselves a platform and a foundation, and that comes from doing the basics well.

“Today the defensive line was perfect, distances between our units were spot on. We won second balls, played the way we could, and that gave us the foundations for individuals to do their work.”

Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrović scored their first goals since committing their futures to the Club, while Harry Arter also shone on his first appearance since joining on loan.

“I look at the team with Cairney, Mitro and Arter, who won promotion with Bournemouth,” Parker stated. “They’ve been around the league before and it puts us in a good position going forward. We’re expecting a big season.

“We all realise how difficult and tough this league is, and along the way there will be some blips, as that’s what the league produces.

“It will be tough at times and I’d like to think over the next few weeks we’ll sustain a mentality. Today we’ve bounced back and we look forward to next Friday away at Huddersfield Town.”