Fulham caretaker manager Scott Parker was pleased with his side’s performance against Chelsea and felt his side deserved at least a point after a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Craven Cottage.
Parker was appointed to take over from Claudio Ranieri few days before the game, and the former Chelsea midfielder seemed to have had an immediate impact on the team.
Calum Chambers cancelled out Gonzalo Higuain’s opener 7 minutes after the Argentine put Chelsea in front. Jorginho scored a sublime goal few minutes later to seal the victory for Chelsea.
Chelsea were by far the better side in the first-half, but the game took a different turn in the second-half, and the Blues struggled to cope with Fulham’s intensity all through the second-half.
Speaking after the game, Parker said that a draw would have been a fairer result for his team.
“In the first half we probably didn’t stamp our authority on the game in terms of retaining possession,” said Parker.
“The second half was amazing: it’s just not about the passion, effort and desire as in football that only gets you so far, but it’s a foundation that every top team has.
“I know how good these players are and in the second half we showed that. I said at half-time that we weren’t brave enough on the ball and in the second 45 minutes we showed more desire and determination.”
Kepa Arrizabalaga made a couple of top saves in the second-half as Fulham piled the pressure, and a last-gasp strike from Ryan Sessegnon appeared to have snatched a point for the hosts, only to see the flag correctly raised by the assistant referee – much to the relief of Chelsea fans.
“I may be speaking with my heart, but I believe 2-2 would have been a much fairer result,” Parker added.
“We’ve had a disallowed goal and their keeper has pulled off some amazing saves.
“It looks like the right call with the Sessegnon chance at the very end, it looks minimal.”