Parker's Presser

Thursday 25 April 2019 15:15

Scott Parker is hoping to keep smiles on the faces of everyone at Motspur Park by making it three wins on the bounce.

Victories over Everton and AFC Bournemouth have boosted morale since relegation was confirmed, and Parker is keen to maintain that feel good factor by putting Cardiff City to the sword on Saturday.

“For me personally as a little nugget it would be pleasing to win three in a row, but ultimately for the football club and as a team, that’s what pleases us most,” he stated. “The football club is a happier place after two wins, and ultimately that’s the biggest joy for me.

“I often say that the starting XI are the face of the football club, but behind the scenes there are a lot of people who work tremendously hard up to that point on a Saturday to try and get three points so that they come in Monday morning with a smile on their face.

“And certainly at this point in the season, in the predicament we’re in, that’s massive. I think it would mean a lot to everyone to win again on the weekend.”

The Bluebirds make the trip to London with their future precariously in the balance. A win could leave them level on points with relegation rivals Brighton, but defeat could all but seal their place in the Championship next season.

“I think they’ve done remarkably well, and full credit to Neil [Warnock] for what he’s done at the football club because to be where they are with three games left is, I think, a massive achievement,” Parker said.

“And that’s not being disrespectful in any way to Cardiff and their players, and Neil. If anything I think it shows what a great job he’s personally done, and what that group of players have done.

“They come on Saturday fighting for their lives, and I’m looking at this game thinking it’s probably one of the toughest we’ve had, certainly since I’ve been here, due to the manager we’re facing and the fact the team is scrapping.

“I think we realise the challenge and we’ll get that message into the players for the weekend.”

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