Sunday 22 September 2019

Wolves target seventh as Parker seeks clarity

Wolves 1-0 Fulham

Caretaker boss Scott Parker. Photo: Getty
Caretaker boss Scott Parker. Photo: Getty

Nick Mashiter

Caretaker boss Scott Parker believes Fulham need clarity to give them a perfect platform for a Premier League return. The already-relegated Cottagers lost at Wolves after Leander Dendoncker's strike 15 minutes from time won it for the hosts.

It was Fulham's 25th defeat of the season, ending a three-match winning run. Parker has impressed since replacing Claudio Ranieri as caretaker in February but knows the club needs a plan after next week's final game at home to Newcastle.

"Not just for me, as a club ahead of what's going to be a massive year, we need to have a clear idea of what way we are going to go," he said.

"We're seven days away from ending the season and a lot of planning needs to go into next year. I'm sure it'll come in due course."

Parker also made Harvey Elliott the Premier League's youngest ever player.

The midfielder was an 88th-minute substitute for Andre-Franck Zambo and, aged 16 years and 30 days, he has set a record.

Parker added: "It was a massive moment for Harvey, I said to the boys he's not entering the field for sentimental reasons or he's a young kid and we want to give him a record. He deserves it."

The visitors were already behind by then after Dendoncker steered in Matt Doherty's cross. Diogo Jota and Dendoncker had hit the bar but Wolves survived a let-off at 0-0 when Aleksandar Mitrovic shot over. Only Leicester can beat Wolves to seventh - and a Europa League qualifying spot - if Watford lose to Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo said: "It's nothing to do with the table, it's the how. We started with 18 players plus the goalkeepers. Training every day, working every day, competing at all the games, the how is much more important."

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