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Parker: The job's only half done

28 July 2020

Scott Parker insists his players won't get carried away by victory over Cardiff City in the first leg of their Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final, saying there is still a job to do in the return fixture.

The Whites were impressive in winning 2-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium on Monday evening, and will now be firm favourites to book a place in next week's Final at Wembley Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the second leg against the Bluebirds on Thursday, Parker says that while he was delighted with his side's first-leg performance, they know there remains work to do in order to seal their spot under the arch. 

“I’m delighted with the first-leg performance," he told the club's media team. "Cardiff came out of the blocks quickly and we knew they would.

"We grew into the game, to be honest, we had a control about us and tweaked things at half-time. It worked very well, the players executed [the plan] and we were dominant in the second half.

“I’m very conscious though that the job is only half done. We’ve put ourselves in a fantastic position with a fantastic performance, but there’s another 90 minutes of football to be played.

"We need to be fully aware of that, and we are. Overall, I’m very pleased, but there’s another game to come."


Parker added that if his side are to reach Wembley, it will be the result of a true collective effort.

“The players have stuck together and we’ve shown that over the course of the season," he added, when asked about Fulham's team spirit.

"You’ve seen the good, intricate football we play and the quality that the players have, but that all comes from a certain ingredient, which is being solid out of possession.

"We built on a concrete foundation, and that’s not just down to a goalkeeper or back four – that’s what gets you what you saw in the second half [of the first leg].

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with updates also available via Twitter (@SkyBetChamp). Kick-off is at 7:45pm.

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