November 29, 2022

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Scott Parker refuses to surrender in Fulham’s bid to avoid Premier League relegation

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Fulham manager Scott Parker is refusing to give up on his side’s chance of avoiding Premier League relegation, despite missing another opportunity to pull themselves out of danger.

Parker watched on as Fulham suffered a fifth defeat in six matches against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.

Kai Havertz scored twice for Thomas Tuchel’s side as the Blues strengthened their bid to finish in the Champions League spots with a 2-0 victory. 

Fulham manager Scott Parker is refusing to give up on his side's chance of avoiding relegation

Fulham manager Scott Parker is refusing to give up on his side's chance of avoiding relegation

Fulham manager Scott Parker is refusing to give up on his side’s chance of avoiding relegation

But Parker is refusing to give up the ghost, despite his side trailing Newcastle by nine points with four games to play.

‘I do believe we can win games with performances like today,’ said Parker.

‘And that’s what we have to do, there is no other option.

‘I understand from the outside people will laugh and think I’m crazy, but there’s no other option for me.

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‘While it’s the case that we can, that’s our main focus from now until the end.’

When told Fulham have never won four Premier League games in a row, Parker replied: ‘That doesn’t make me sag my shoulders at all.

Parker watched on as Fulham suffered a fifth loss in six matches against Chelsea on Saturday

Parker watched on as Fulham suffered a fifth loss in six matches against Chelsea on Saturday

Parker watched on as Fulham suffered a fifth loss in six matches against Chelsea on Saturday

But Parker is refusing to give up, despite his side now trailing Newcastle by nine points

But Parker is refusing to give up, despite his side now trailing Newcastle by nine points

But Parker is refusing to give up, despite his side now trailing Newcastle by nine points

‘This is the challenge of the Premier League for a team like us. I understand exactly the numbers, I understand where everyone may see it.

‘But I think anyone watching that game today who understands what this game was will see a team that was dynamic, that was trying to win the game. I honestly believe that we can win four games, I know we have to. That’s our aim.

‘I’m being honest, the last three or four games we’ve lacked that real spark and certainly lost our identity. Our identity is the way we played today, that’s the only way we’re going to win football matches.

‘We need to try and control the game with the ball, but understand it’s not just a possession game, we need to attack and I thought we had that balance quite well considering the opposition.

‘We’ve seen it before (such an escape). While everyone will no doubt be laughing at their screens, listening to me talk, and think I’m living in cuckoo land, I get that, maybe I am. But until that curtain comes down, let’s see.’

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