Head Coach Presser

Saturday 4 July 2020 18:20

Scott Parker faced the media after his side claim a late three points at the Cottage against Birmingham City. 

 

Our Head Coach was quizzed on the game, Josh Onomah’s strike, Aleksandar Mitrović and more.

 

Read on for a full transcript:

On an important win over Birmingham City...

We started to wonder whether it was going to be our day after the great double save. We came up against a team in which it was very evident that they’d come to play for a draw. We needed to be patient. It was always going to be a game lacking massive chances. When they come your way, you need to take them. In the end, we deserved to win. 

 

On the possibility of automatic promotion…

 

It’s a massive win for us, the gap is down to four points now. In this division, with the amount of games, there will be more twists and turns. Our main focus is to win games and we’ve got tough ones coming up. I think whether you’re playing top, mid table or bottom, every game will be huge. These are ones we need to prepare for and try and get on a good run. Back-to-back wins are huge.

On Josh Onomah's impact…

 

Josh has been fantastic since he came in, I’ve worked with him since he was a young player. The subs were excellent when they came on. Joe Bryan was excellent when he came in, so was Neeskens [Kebano], and obviously Josh got his winner. It was a good day in the end.

 

On Mitro's absence...

 

Fair play to my team, we’ve had to alter things and still be an attacking threat. We dominated for the majority of today and as much as we miss Aleks, we have a group that are engaged. We are finding ways to win games.

 

On his side's fitness levels...

 

It’s difficult. You have to get back up to speed and it’s a long season. This should be pre-season. There are five games to go and this is where either seasons fritter away or people put their foot to the floor. That’s the challenge. Let’s make this season something we look back on. 

 

After three months without being around my players, I knew the ones coming back in the best physical nick would perform. This week was our 20th session contact wise. We’ve done all we can. It’s been a quick turnaround, but I’m pleased. We lost 2-0 and 3-0 against Brentford and Leeds and we didn’t deserve that. We’ve deserved these two wins and we need to keep going.

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