Parker focused on top-flight survival

25 January 2021 01:24:16

Fulham manager Scott Parker?admits his side did not deserve anything from their 3-0 home defeat to Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round.

Parker's men fell behind to a first-half header from Jay Rodriguez, with?the striker doubling Burnley's lead after the break, converting a penalty awarded for a foul on Matej Vydra.

Kevin Long sealed the Clarets' comfortable win with an 81st-minute goal and Sean Dyche's side, who claimed a shock?victory over Liverpool in the Premier League on Thursday, advance to face either Bournemouth or Crawley in the fifth round.

Fulham, promoted from the Championship as playoff winners last season, must now focus on their battle for top-flight survival, starting with Wednesday's trip to Brighton.

The Cottagers are 18th in the table having taken only 12 points from their first 18 league matches this season but a victory over 17th-placed Brighton at the Amex Stadium would leave them only two points from safety.

Speaking to the BBC after Fulham's cup exit, Parker said: "We didn't deserve a result today. It was a tough game and we couldn't match what we had to face today, we couldn't deal with them.

"I had to make changes because of the squad, we've got big games coming up so I don't regret that. That's the way it is.

"The focus is clear, I wanted to win today but now it turns on the league. We'll brush this one away and move on."

Fulham are?11/4 to beat?1/1 hosts Brighton on Wednesday, with the draw 12/5,?and the Cottagers are?1/1 not to be relegated from the Premier League this season.

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