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3 Fulham issues Parker must sort to ensure March is a success



March is set to be a make or break month for Fulham as they push for automatic promotion to the Premier League following their recent relegation.

Currently sat in third place, five points separates them from a place in the top two and with matches against Bristol City, Brentford and second-placed Leeds United to come in the next few weeks, it is now or never.

Frustrations still remain around Craven Cottage, however, with many feeling that with the squad at their disposal they are still underachieving.

So, here we take a look at THREE issues Scott Parker must sort to ensure that March is a success for his side…

The Joe Bryan gap

The left-back has been one of the club’s most important attacking outlets this season, notching one goal and seven assists so far, but is set for a spell on the sidelines after limping off early on against Preston North End on Saturday.

Cyrus Christie came on in his place on Saturday and, although he put in a brilliant display, he is unlikely to replace the attacking attributes possessed by Bryan.

With his preffered use of inverted wingers, Parker may be forced into a style change in the next weeks in order to ensure that those dangers from outwide remain.

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Slow starts

In their last five matches, Fulham has scored just once in the opening half, leaving them often hanging on for some late magic.

A David Nugent own goal helped them on the hour mark on Saturday before a quick break in injury time sealed the win.

Prior to that, Aleksandar Mitrovic had to score a 90th minute header to beat Swansea City whilst he also struck in the second-half against Derby.

You get the feeling that against the more dangerous sides they are set to face, they will not be allowed such luxuries and will need to find a way to fly out of the traps much faster.

Aboubakar Kamara

The winger has given Parker a really big headache in recent weeks, but a positive one nontheless.

Kamara’s powerful presence from the bench has always been a weapon for Fulham but he has taken it to another level in recent weeks, providing the pinpoint cross for the winner against Swansea before cooly finishing the second against Preston.

Nobody is more deserving of a start. But the question will remain in Parker’s over whether he keeps him as an impact sub or chooses to swap out one of Cavaleiro or Knockaert.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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