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Thursday 12 September 2019 14:49

Scott Parker says his side have used the international break to regroup and work hard on the training pitch following a pleasing first stretch of the season.


Fulham have impressed after a shaky start to life back in the Sky Bet Championship, picking up ten points from a possible fifteen in their last five games. 


“The international break gives you time to recoup and get some work in,” said Parker.

“I had my fingers crossed that the players all came back fit and healthy, and some of them just came back today.


“Overall, after six games, we’re pleased with the way it's gone.


“Last year, we were used to losing games and it became a bit of a habit, but now we’re in a league where we’re expected to do something. I’m happy with the way we’ve started.


"We got off to a slow start, but we bounced back with some very good results in a very tough league. We all understand how tough this league is.”


With the Whites set to face West Bromwich Albion at Craven Cottage on Saturday, an attacking game of football is anticipated, and Parker's fully aware of the opposition’s offensive weapons.


“I’m fully aware of West Brom’s quality, they’re a very good side who will certainly be up there," continued Fulham’s Head Coach.


“We’ve prepared like we do for every game, as we realise the challenge ahead.


“They’ve been in this division for two years now, so have come to grips with it.


“They’ve got a manager in Slaven Bilić who understands it and knows what it’s about.


“They have some very good players, experience players, so we’re looking forward to it. I expect it’s going to be a very good game."


Aleksandar Mitrović has been in fine form, netting three times for Serbia as they target qualification for the European Championship, and Parker is hopeful that his striker’s goalscoring streak continues.


“He’s massively important to us, that’s clear,” Parker stated.


“He’s a talisman, scored a lot of goal when this football club went up, and showed his qualities in the Premier League.


“You judge your goalscorer on scoring goals, so confidence is high. Hopefully he can stay in the form he’s in.”