Scott Parker complains of ‘stupid goals’ in 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa while Aleksandar Mitrovic admits players are ‘angry with themselves’ after slipping the 1-0 lead … but Fulham boss insists that there will be more ‘bumps in the road’ in the Premier League relegation battle
Scott Parker insisted there will be more ‘bumps in the road’ after Fulham’s hopes for Premier League survival took a hit at Aston Villa.
Parker’s side led through Aleksander Mitrovic’s goal just after the hour, but they were left behind when Trezeguet scored in the 78th and 81st minutes after a defensive robbery by Tosin Adarabioyo.
Ollie Watkins then added a third for the full-time to leave Fulham three points with seven games left. While Parker said it will be ‘easy’ to pick up his players after the defeat, he lamented the ‘silly goals’ they faced at Villa Park.
Scott Parker complained about the ‘silly’ goals his side faced in their 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa
Fulham took the lead after an hour, but Trezeguet scored twice in three minutes to put Villa ahead 2-1
‘(It was) a poor 15 minutes away from us. The game ebbed and flowed to our goal. I am disappointed with the way it is going. They’re easy, silly goals that got us down today, ”Parker said.
‘I have half an idea (what went wrong). At certain times you have to understand where you stand as a team and we have not succeeded well. At times you need a grit, you need understanding, you need to be awful.
‘It is clear to see how I want my team to play, but there are always two sides to a football game. At one point, we walked out of here with a point and were sloppy at those moments.
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‘We’ve got the game done at times, but there has to be something more at times. It’s a young team, but there were naive, silly mistakes at times. You can lose soccer matches, but there is a way to lose soccer matches.
Easy (to pick up the team after this). Disappointment today. We are putting ourselves in an incredible position, there will always be bumps and this is a bump. How we respond to these times will determine our season. We’ve had a lot of bumps. It is no different when we get up tomorrow and come in tomorrow.
In the end, there are still seven games and everything to play for. There will be more bumps, but I also think we will have good ones. ‘
Mitrovic scored his first goal since September to put Fulham ahead and admitted that the players were ‘angry’ about the way they let the game get away from them.
Aleksandr Mitrovic admitted that the players were angry with themselves for slipping their slead after his first goal since September put them ahead.
‘(We are) very sad, disappointed and angry with ourselves. We had a good 60 minutes and we scored a goal and normally we defend very well this season, but today some mistakes and two goals in 15 minutes.
‘There is no time to cry a lot, we have to dust ourselves, keep going and keep believing. We have to learn from this.
There are seven games left to play. We are three points from where we want to be and we play in the Premier League and against every team we can win there are many things to be positive about. This was not the good result tonight, but there are still many points to play for. ‘