Defiant Parker praises Fulham despite Wolves loss


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Aston Villa v Fulham - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - April 4, 2021 Fulham manager Scott Parker reacts Pool via REUTERS/Richard Heathcote

LONDON (Reuters) - Fulham manager Scott Parker praised his relegation-threatened side even though a stoppage-time goal by Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore condemned them to a 1-0 loss that left them mired in the bottom three of the Premier League.

Fulham are in 18th spot, three points behind Newcastle United who have two games in hand, but Parker refused to find fault with his side despite their disappointment.

"It's a painful one. I've been involved in football for a long time and that's a blow, obviously ... it's a hard one to take, and we go again now," he told BT Sport.

"I've got nothing but full praise for my team - the effort, the fight, the desire they showed tonight was every bit of a team that care, that are desperate. In football and in the Premier League, sometimes you get hurt, and that's what happened tonight."

Fulham face a pair of tough trips to Arsenal and Chelsea next before meeting Burnley at home, but Parker is confident that his side can get the results they need to stay up.

"I'd be worried if I didn't see a resilience, I'd be worried if I didn't see a team that could go to places and win football matches. I believe we can," Parker said.

"I honestly believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that we'll come again stronger and we'll come again better," he added.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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