‘There’s a chance and one result kick-starts that’: Scott Parker believes Fulham can stay in Premier League if they beat Liverpool at Craven Cottage
- Scott Parker’s Fulham are 13 points adrift of safety in the Premier League table
- No club has ever stayed up after being so far behind but Parker hasn’t lost hope
- Parker believes that a win over Liverpool could inspire the greatest-ever escape
Kieran Gill for the Daily Mail
Fulham caretaker Scott Parker has called on his players to pull off the Premier League’s greatest-ever escape, believing they can still stay up if they beat Liverpool at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
No club has ever come back from sitting 13 points adrift of safety in the top flight, with West Ham’s comeback from 10 in 2006-07 the current record.
Parker received a text from a friend this week containing a list of clubs that avoided relegation against all odds, including Fulham in 2007-08 after they sat six points adrift.
Fulham are 13 points adrift of safety in the Premier League after last week’s loss to Leicester
He wants that same spirit now and said: ‘We realise it is going to be very difficult but there’s a chance and one result kick-starts that. Confidence all of a sudden goes up another level.
‘The players understand it’s possible. At the same time, we are realistic. We realise the situation ahead. But it’s a good opportunity this weekend to start that against a very good team.
PREMIER LEAGUE’S GREATEST ESCAPES
How many points from safety they were
10 – West Ham (2007)
9 – Blackburn (1997)
8 – Portsmouth (2006), West Brom (2005), Everton (1995)
7 – Sunderland (2016), Leicester (2015), Sunderland (2014), Southampton (1999)
‘Confidence is a huge thing. When I took over from Claudio (Ranieri), the squad was where it was. We’d come off the back of some bad results.
‘I certainly tried to take that pressure off. The focus was “you need to win football matches, we need to stay up” and it wasn’t working so we needed to try to change that.’
Parker also discussed how he felt the club became ‘disconnected’.
‘The biggest thing was the fans, really,’ he continued. ‘At times, certainly, this year I have felt a distance from the fans.
‘That was down to us as a team and the performance we were giving the fans. For me, there is a way to lose football matches and Chelsea was a prime example.
‘We lost the match but the lads got clapped off, so there is a way to lose football matches.’
No club has ever stayed up after being so far behind but Scott Parker has not lost hope yet
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