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Fulham defiant that they can still catch Newcastle United despite latest setback

1 year ago

Fulham can still stay up.

That is the message from Scott Parker, despite their latest setback.

Fulham have picked up only one point from a possible last eighteen, losing five matches and drawing the other.

Regardless of that bleak set of results, Scott Parker says his Fulham team are capable all four remaining games and staying up.

Newcastle United are still in their sights even though Fulham lost 2-0 at Chelsea.

Scott Parker says the way that Fulham played on Saturday, makes him believe that his side can beat Burnley (Home), Southampton (Away), Man Utd (Away) and Newcastle United (Home).

Looking at the stats, you can see where Parker is coming from with at least some basis for his ultra positive outlook, Fulham had more possession (51% v 49%), more shots (10 v 9) and more corners (8 v 1), just less goals…

The story of much of their season, Fulham playing a lot of good football, a lot of good approach work, but then making the wrong choices in the final third and lacking quality in and around the box, especially finishing.

This is how the Premier League table now looks on Sunday morning, ahead of Newcastle v Arsenal:

As you can see, four wins and 12 points would put Fulham on 39 points and for them to say catch and overtake Newcastle, they would need Newcastle to take no more than three points from their remaining four matches.

Newcastle will be expected to lose at home to Man City and away at Leicester, so in reality, if Fulham somehow won all their games, it would need Steve Bruce and his team to get three points or less from the home games against Arsenal and Sheffield United.

Hopefully, Newcastle will erase even these faint hopes for Fulham in today’s match, Arsenal have nothing to play for in the league, all their focus is on winning the Europa League and getting Champions League qualification, they are in poor form (two wins in seven in the Premier League), are set to play a weakened largely unmotivated team today. So for me, Steve Bruce simply has to send his side out on the front foot, that to me is the only Achilles Heel today, the fear that the usual Bruce overly cautious negativity will take over and hand control of the match to Arsenal.

Here’s hoping that is not the case and the Newcastle players are sent out to try and put in a convincing performance and get a deserved three points.

Scott Parker after losing 2-0 at Chelsea:

“We have to win four games…

“If we can keep the performance level like today [against Chelsea], then we have a chance of beating Burnley.

“Then Southampton, Manchester United and then Newcastle.

“That is the task ahead.

“It is a difficult one, but it is one that with the right way about us, I think we can do.

“We have not got the positive result but I got attitude, desire and a performance as well.

“We have seen what this [Chelsea] team is capable of here against Real Madrid, but we limited that.

“Overall, at times their quality came through in two goals, which was sloppy from us, but I am proud of my team.

“In certain moments, we just fell a little bit short.”


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