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In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Fulham

28 October 2017

Wanderers were cruelly denied all three points on their travels following a 1-1 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney scored a stoppage time equaliser to prevent Wanderers picking up maximum points after Sammy Ameobi had earlier opened the scoring.

Speaking to following the final whistle, manager Phil Parkinson covered the following points... 

On today’s performance…

It was a terrific performance from us today.

Obviously we’re hugely disappointed not to get all three points, but no-one can fault the players performance today.

We really stuck to our game plan, I was pleased with how threatening we looked when we broke.

There was some heroic defending at times, you know when you come to a place like Fulham that your goalkeeper and defenders are going to have to play well, you know everyone in the team is going to have to put in a disciplined performance and we did that as well as showing quality on the ball.

There was so many good aspects of our play today and we can move onto Sunderland on Tuesday in good spirits.

On the home side’s late equaliser…

Fulham have got some very good players, they were throwing caution to the wind and they’ve got that equaliser late on which was a real disappointment for us.

We felt at half-time we had to go for that second goal and we’ve had some really good chances to get it. Their keeper has made some good saves today and we’ve had moments where we could have done better.

On the performance of goalscorer Sammy Ameobi…

It was a great finish from Sammy, he did well today, I was very pleased with his performance.

We took him off in the second-half because he was cramping up, but he put in a great performance against Ryan Sessegnon,  a player everyone is talking about, and I thought Sammy got the better of him both in the attacking sense and when he was defending.

On the fans…

I think the fans will feel exactly the same as I am.

We’re frustrated that we haven’t got the three points, but no-one can fault the players out there today they have given absolutely everything and we just have to make sure we don’t let that late goal affect us going in to the next game.

And finally, on Tuesday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture vs Sunderland…

We have to make sure we continue to play like we did today, each game we’re looking more threatening going forward and there was a lot of good aspects of our play today.

Every game in this division is tough, we’re currently three games unbeaten and we have looked a good, strong professional side with quality. The quality levels are getting better with the players we have got back from injury and all-in-all we’re pleased with the progress we’re making.

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