I was pleased the way we saw the game out
It ended all square at 1-1 tonight with Fulham leading for just over three minutes before Ashley Barnes equalised for the Clarets and it left visiting boss Scott Parker disappointed at not following on from the win at Everton with another three points.
Parker said: “I thought we showed another side to us tonight. I think we knew we would have to show that. The game was always going to be very different to our last game versus Everton in terms of how the game is and plays out. The ball was out of play a lot, there were a lot of fouls, a lot of stop start.
“I am then a little bit disappointed that we didn’t hold onto that lead a little bit longer. We made a couple of mistakes, but in saying that, as the game developed, we got a foothold back in the game and had some big chances.
“We have a young team here, I had twenty years as a player, I understand what this game would be like. To get a result here, whether it is a point or three points, you have to show something more as a team. We did that and we got the point.”
After the game he said: “I think overall it’s a good point and we’ve earned that definitely. I was pleased the way we saw the game out tonight because we are so stretched to the limit at the minute.
“It’s remarkable and yet again, tonight, we’ve lost two players and we have to see how quickly they settle down. I had to take Robbie off today after Jόhann felt his hamstring, and I’m not having to make decisions to protect players, because Robbie had only just gone on and was feeling his achilles.
“Usually the players let you know if they are not quite right, but I am having to try and safeguard players with judgement calls. I have to do that because if it gets any worse, we’re down another player possibly for weeks, so it’s really tough at the minute and it’s unprecedented in my time in management.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in my time here, but we’ve got to keep trying to put out a competitive side and keep going because we’ve no choice. The game schedule calms a little bit after Saturday and hopefully we can get some bodies back. We’ve asked a lot of these players recently and we are limited with the changes we can make from the bench at the moment, so I’m happy.
Dyche said of the performance: “In the first half we were strong, committed to the cause and we asked questions. They didn’t really create too much so I was pleased with that. In the second half they got a little bit of momentum with the ball, without causing us too much trouble and then it’s a soft goal from the set play.
“The reaction was excellent, not only physically and mentally, but also through some clever play from Jay to open up the play and a superb weight of pass. Barnesy stayed composed and it’s a really good finish to a lovely move. After that, they had a bit of a rally, but without opening us up, and in the end we can’t have any complaints.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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