Fulham drew 1-1 with Millwall in the Championship last night.
After a 1-0 win at Ewood Park at the weekend, Fulham headed back down to the capital full of confidence.
They faced a Millwall side who’ve hit some abject form since the turn of the year, and Fulham looked as though they were in for a comfortable evening when Aleksandar Mitrovic fired them in-front after three-minutes.
The Serb hit his 21st Championship goal of the season but Fulham’s lead was only short-lived – Jon Dadi Bodvarsson converted from close-range. The Millwall man appeared to be in an offside position but the goal stood, and Parker was left reeling at the ‘clear as day’ offside call.
A chaotic opening was capped when Millwall were awarded a penalty midway through the first-half. Joe Bryan had brought down Mahlon Romeo inside the penalty box and Jed Wallace looked set to net his 11th of the season, but he blazed it high over the bar.
Fulham missed the chance to move into 2nd-place of the Championship table last night, but it’s not all doom and gloom – here are three things that Parker will take from last night’s game:
Hard-fought point on the road
There’s fewer places in the Championship that pose a tougher away day then The Den. The home of Millwall is famed for its cagey atmosphere and Fulham more than held their own last night.
The fact that Fulham fans are so frustrated with a point away at Millwall shows the progression that the team has made this season and expectations are rightfully high.
But Parker can be pleased with last night’s result – conditions were tricky, and Wallace really should’ve done better with that penalty.
Key players rested
Parker managed to rest a couple of key players last night, including Kevin McDonald and Ivan Cavaleiro.
The pair were left on the bench with Cavaleiro making a late appearance, but Parker will be happy that he was able to rest them, especially McDonald who’s played a lot of football since returning from injury.
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It’ll hold Fulham in good stead for the weekend, where they host Barnsley in a must-win game in the title race.
Mitrovic keeping form
Keeping this man through both the summer and winter transfer windows could prove to be the decisive factor in Fulham gaining promotion this season.
He’s once again proving to be one of the continent’s most prolific strikers and he grabbed another poacher’s goal last night. It’s good to have your striker scoring consistently at this stage of the season, and especially so at the upper-ends of the table.
Mitrovic will be pivotal in any success that Fulham have this year, but Parker may be concerned that the goals aren’t coming from elsewhere.