Fulham boss Scott Parker ‘proud’ of his players for securing a draw at Tottenham after being short-term ordered to play the Premier League
- Parker called decision to reschedule game Wednesday night ‘scandalous’
- Mourinho was unhappy after the original game was called off because of Covid
- Fulham made their anger light as they only had to play 48 hours in advance
- Cavaleiro scored a deserved tying run to wipe out Kane’s header in the first half
- Tottenham 1-1 Fulham: Jose Mourinho drops crucial points at home
Fulham boss Scott Parker shook off his pre-game war of words with Jose Mourinho and praised his side’s struggle to secure a 1-1 draw at Tottenham.
The duo had clashed after Spurs’ game with Aston Villa was postponed and the Premier League quickly rescheduled this game with the Cottagers, originally to be played on December 30.
It seemed his grievances were well-founded as Spurs dominated the first half and led via Harry Kane’s header in the first half, before a spicy show from Fulham in the second half was rewarded with an Ivan Cavaleiro leveler 16 minutes before time .
Fulham boss Scott Parker praised the fighting game on his part to secure a draw at Tottenham
Afterwards, Parker said, “I was very impressed. I thought we were excellent from start to finish tonight.
‘And that’s what happened … a lot of talking, but no one really knows what we’ve been through in recent weeks. Tonight there are players who have had a day of training. There are players in the box who have hardly had a day of training. Some of them have been in the building yesterday. ‘
Parker called the Premier League’s decision Monday to cram this rescheduled game into the Wednesday night slot as “ scandalous’ ‘following a recent coronavirus outbreak at the club, but Spurs’ counterpart Jose Mourinho said the Cottagers had to say sorry to everyone. if they called a strong team.
Ivan Cavaleiro sent a header past a desperate Grand Lloris to give Fulham a point
They did, with 10 of the players who played their last Premier League game on Boxing Day in the base, and Parker was rewarded with a feat he described as ‘immense’.
He added: ‘To prepare for the game as we did, and play as we did, I am proud of the team for how we performed under the conditions.
‘I am more proud of them because we really showed quality today. We’ve given Tottenham tons of trouble and, to be honest, at the end you think we might win the match.
Striker Harry Kane had put the hosts ahead in the first half with a nice header
‘The second half, as the game went, I felt there was a goal. I felt we had real dominance in the second half. You have someone on the field in Ade (Lookman) who takes those opportunities out of nowhere. Cavaleiro puts it in the back of the net. And after that, some great opportunities to be honest. I am very satisfied.
Big games are coming. Every game in this division is going to be huge for us. We understand that. We have joined a large club with top players who have done well. We had an identity about us. The squad today was the numbers we had.
‘If there is one thing you need (to avoid degradation), it is mainly the mind. That is something we play drums in every day. To stay in this division you also need quality, and we have shown that to the full. ‘