Parker admits lack of firepower is costing Fulham

Boss Scott Parker says he remains concerned about Fulham’s lack of clinical finishing after the stalemate against West Ham left them eight points from Premier League safety.

Despite dominating, the Whites found the target with only two of their 20 shots as their winless run stretched to 13 league matches.

Still, Parker was encouraged by his side’s build-up play throughout.

“I thought we were superb from start to finish,” he said.

“But we’ve come a bit short in that final area, when you need to put the ball in the back of the net.

“I don’t think you can dominate the game as much as we’ve dominated the game today and not win it. But I’m very proud of my team and the way they played.

“If you were a neutral, I don’t think you would have come away after 90 minutes thinking we were a team that was fighting for our lives or were downbeat. You’d think totally the opposite, really.”

Striker Josh Maja, who was brought in on loan from Bordeaux on transfer deadline day, came on for his debut towards the end of the game alongside Aleksandar Mitrović.

The pair joined Ivan Cavaleiro, Ademola Lookman, Bobby Decordova-Reid, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in attack as Parker looked to break the deadlock, but each of them missed golden chances to do so – which the head coach admits is a worrying sight in their fight for survival.

Parker added: “It’s a concern that has been there for a little while now. We understand that. It’s a team that has evolved massively and we’ve taken some huge steps.

“I would be more concerned if weren’t creating chances. We’re creating ample chances, getting to the edge of the box very, very well. We’re just not managing to convert them at the moment.”