Momentum is with Fulham, says Parker

Defiant Scott Parker vowed that Fulham would keep the pressure on promotion rivals Brentford and West Bromwich Albion into the last game of the regular season. 

The Whites boss watched as his team overcame Sheffield Wednesday in a 5-3 thriller at Craven Cottage, thanks to braces from both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Neeskens Kebano, as well as a late goal from Bobby Decordova-Reid.

With west London rivals Brentford losing at Stoke City, Fulham travel to Wigan Athletic in midweek needing a win to maintain any prospect of automatic promotion.

Fulham are guaranteed a play-off place at least – and Parker has called for one final big performance on Wednesday night, although he must do without Harrison Reed, who was sent off at the end of Saturday’s victory.

“Momentum is with us and this league throws up surprises,” said Parker. “The other teams have had negative results, but it remains out of our hands.

“Our focus has been to worry about ourselves. If the season ends on Wednesday, amazing. If not, we’ll be ready for another three games.

“Results-wise, it was key for us today, we understood that, we knew what was at stake. There’s two scenarios and we saw the West Brom and the Brentford results and we needed to keep our hopes alive.

“There’s been some upsets along the way for everyone. My team had pressure on them today, but we’ve had pressure on us throughout the year.”

Fulham were tremendous for the first 45 minutes against the Owls, going into the break 3-0 ahead.

Parker admitted he was concerned for spells in the second half, but satisfied with the eventual, deserved, outcome.

“For 45 minutes I thought we looked like a top team,” he explained. “Everything we had discussed was excellent. Some elements were perfect.

“Second half they knocked balls into us, and I was a bit disappointed that we conceded the goals we conceded. Having said that, five goals is the most important thing and the three points keeping the pressure on.”