Fulham boss Scott Parker hailed his side’s ability to stay on message after their vital 1-0 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday.
The results have moved the west Londoners to within three points of 17th-placed Newcastle United. From a seemingly hopeless position, they now have a real chance of avoiding relegation.
Brighton, in 16th spot and with 26 points, will also be in their sights. The Blades victory was only their second home success of the season, with the first coming in November.
And Parker was delighted that his men were able to carry out the game plan to claim a crucial win.
“I’m very proud of the team in terms of what I asked them tonight and what I’ve asked them this week to be quite honest with you,” he said. “It’s been a tough week in terms of the games we’ve had to play, the travel we’ve had to do and I think we all understood tonight what this game was and what it was about.”
Internal focus reaping rewards
There has been a lot of negativity surrounding the club this season with the way things have panned out. Having come up via the play-offs they were among the favourites for immediate relegation.
But, despite losing eight of their first 11 top-flight games, there is now a real sense that survival is a possibility. Ten draws has boosted their points tally but taking all three points is essential if they are to overhaul the Magpies.
And Parker has revealed his method for helping his charges deal with the pressure of such an important game.
He added: “I’m very proud that the message to the team before the game was us, let’s focus on us, let’s not listen to the noise that’s been created around this game, because throughout this year there’s been one sole focus and that’s been us.
“That’s been my constant message. I know with that, and us showing our quality and our freedom we’ll get results really and I think that was proven tonight.”
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