Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace: I can't control my future, admits Scott Parker

Scott Parker remains determined to turn things around at Fulham following a third straight home defeat

Fulham manager Scott Parker during the match against Aston Villa 0:24
Fulham head coach Scott Parker says his players will need to lift themselves after suffering defeat to Crystal Palace

Fulham boss Scott Parker has vowed to give it his all to turn around his side's dismal start to the season - but accepts he can't control his future at the club.

The Cottagers suffered a fifth defeat from six Premier League games as they went down 2-1 to Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage.

Parker's men were in control of the game, but conceded a goal in either half, to Jairo Riedewald and Wilfried Zaha, as ruthless Palace took the points.

Tom Cairney struck in injury time but it could not mask a disappointing afternoon, which also saw Aboubakar Kamara red carded after referee Graham Scott changed his decision after checking the pitchside monitor.

Aleksandar Mitrovic reacts to Wilfried Zaha's strike to make it 2-0
Image: Aleksandar Mitrovic shows his frustration as Fulham slump to another defeat

There is no suggestion that Parker's position is under threat, having guided the club to promotion last season, but he is not going to give up working hard.

"I can't control that," he said when asked about whether he feared for his job.

"What I can do is what I have normally done throughout my career and life, during these hard times, it is the time to front up and keep working as hard as I can to get the rewards that I deserve.

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"It is out of my hands but I will keep working hard."

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Fulham started the game well but were undone on the counter-attack as Riedewald scored with Palace's first attack.

They had chances to level, with Ademola Lookman hitting the post, but Zaha's 64th-minute goal killed the game.

The Cottagers struck in injury time through Cairney's fine strike into the top corner, but Parker said his side have to learn from this defeat.

"We are a young team, still trying to gel but there were some big positives today and this is when the chips are down you have to face up and keep working hard and I am sure we will come out of the other side," he said.

"I felt we need to learn from exactly how this game panned out. We had a dominance but at times in the final third lacked a real intensity about us."

Hodgson: Zaha happy to be at Palace

Wilfried Zaha collides with the post after scoring Crystal Palace's second goal
Image: Wilfried Zaha collides with the post after scoring Crystal Palace's second goal

Palace boss Roy Hodgson found himself talking about a familiar topic after the game as he was questioned about Zaha after the Ivorian bagged his fifth goal of the season and claimed an assist to boot.

"I came in to talk about our team's performance, but I find myself talking about Wilfried Zaha again, which I am more than happy to do because he is doing so many good things for him," he said.

"I am more than happy he has started this season so well, it is his fifth goal which is incredible, with an assist thrown into the bargain, and he is happy playing here."

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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says he's pleased with his side's strong start to the season, but isn't paying much attention to the table

Palace are fifth in the table with 10 points from their six games, but Hodgson is not getting carried away even though they are ahead of Manchester City in the early standings.

"We are more than happy to have got 10 points from six games, I don't think league positions after six games are any great importance," he said.

"There is so much football to play, maybe at the halfway point it becomes more relevant, there will be so many twists and turns. Where Manchester City are doesn't bother me, I'd like to be ahead of them at the end of the season, that's for sure."

What's next?

Fulham host West Brom on Monday November 2, live on Sky Sports Box Office; kick-off is at 5.30pm. Crystal Palace travel to take on Wolves at Molineux next Friday; kick-off is at 8pm.

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