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Fulham caretaker Parker ‘proud’ of his players performance against Chelsea

Fulham caretaker boss Scott Parker said he was proud of his side’s performance today, despite losing 2-1 to west London rivals Chelsea at Craven Cottage.

The Cottagers went in at the break 2-1 down after a header from Calum Chambers came either side of strikes by Blues duo Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho.

Fulham pushed on in search of an equaliser during the second period and looked to have done enough to earn a point in injury time when Ryan Sessegnon finished from close range, but unfortunately for the home side, the goal would be ruled out for offside.

Parker, who took over from the sacked Claudio Ranieri earlier this week, revealed afterward that he was felt his side pushed Chelsea close, but wished they could have defended better at times.

“We took them close. The first half we huffed and puffed but didn’t get the control which we would have liked,” Parker told Sky Sports.

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”We worked the last few days on trying to stamp our way on Chelsea. I just felt in possession we could have dominated in spells and in the first half we didn’t do that. Second half it changed around and it was a lot better.

“We highlighted the threat they have in wide areas and with Higuain a natural finisher. The first goal was a great finish but we could defended it a little bit better.

“I was very proud of them [the players] today. It has been a big few days. It is a massive season with a lot of disappointments. My message at the start was that the fans look at us with pride and I have got a feeling they did that. That’s what makes me happiest.”

Today’s result does though seem like further confirmation that Fulham will be playing their football in the Championship again next season. Parker’s side are 10 points from safety with just nine games remaining.

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