14 December 2020 10:40

Fulham F.C. Claudio Ranieri Southampton F.C.

S cott Parker says the return of supporters will be "vitally important" to Fulham's relegation battle following yesterday's impressive draw with Liverpool. The Cottagers were unlucky not to beat the champions, who salvaged a point through Mohamed Salah's late penalty after Bobby Decordova-Reid had given Fulham a first-half lead. Around 2,000 supporters returned to Craven Cottage for the first time since March and were in impressive voice as Fulham were denied a victory by returning Reds goalkeeper Alisson, and saw an early shout for a penalty rejected for Fabinho's challenge on Ivan Cavaleiro. Fulham will have the backing of the home crowd again for Wednesday's crucial six-pointer against Brighton and Parker believes they can give his side an edge in future. "[In the] second half when it was easy to be a bit negative and think, 'This is tough here, it's Liverpool and we're under it', the fans were a driving force and gave us an extra bit," said the Fulham boss.

Scott Parker says returning Fulham fans will be ‘vitally important’ in relegation battle

"The fights we're going to have at times [this season], they're going to be vitally important. I thought they were incredible for us. "They were massive, absolutely massive. Our season ended for the fans after lockdown last year which was disappointing. At the end of the season, our fans weren't there to experience it and that was bitterly disappointing.