As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Fulham boss Parker urges players to embrace tough schedule ahead

Fulham boss Scott Parker has urged his players to embrace the challenging schedule ahead.

The Cottagers have picked up only four points from their opening eight matches, and their next run of fixtures as domestic action resumes does not get any easier.

Following Sunday's visit of Everton, Parker takes his side to pacesetters Leicester and then Manchester City, before hosting defending champions Liverpool on December 12.

“They (fixtures) don't (get any easier), but this is the division we are in and we all understand that," the Fulham manager said.

“We knew that at the outset and as a team understood the challenge we faced this year.

“The fixtures coming up are big ones, tough ones – but after these five or six, we will go into another five or six and I will get asked the same question and you will get the same answer.

“We are eight games into the season, we have had some real challenges and tough games along the way – and that will be the same story throughout the season.

“I am looking forward to the big challenges in front of us, but as a team we need to rise to that and embrace that."

Parker added: “Since the transfer window shut and players came in, there has been a real understanding on 'this is where we are'.

“We had a quick pre-season and a quick turnaround, hopefully now the players are understanding (our work) a little bit more, understanding the league and what is needed from them."

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free