Fulham manager Scott Parker has delivered his verdict on Derby County ahead of the Whites big Friday night clash with the Rams at Pride Park.
With the likes of Wayne Rooney in their ranks, a quick reminder as it has not been mentioned too many times, Derby are always likely to be a threat as Fulham look to bounce back from defeat.
But even with Phillip Cocu’s men still in a lowly position, Parker has insisted that he is taking nothing for granted.
“They’re a totally different team to the one we played earlier on in the season,” he told his pre-match press conference, reported by the club’s official website.
“They’ve got the second best home form in the division.
“It’s always a tough place to go, Pride Park, and even more so now because Derby are on a good run.
“They’re doing really well, so it will be a tough, tough place to go, I have no doubt.”
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Fulham will be eager to bounce back to winning ways on Friday against the Rams after suffering a blow to their automatic promotion hopes last weekend.
Bottom-side Barnsley came to Craven Cottage for what looked set to be a routine win for the Whites, but instead Gerhard Struber’s men walked away with a 3-0 win and all three points.
The Whites still remain just three points behind Leeds United, who sit in second place, so will not have given up hope just yet, although this Friday night seems crucial to their chances.
It is good that Parker is taking the Derby clash with the utmost seriousness following the Whites recent form.
The loss to Barnsley has the potential to seriously disrupt their promotion bid so bouncing back with a good showing against Derby is incredibly important.
Win and they are suddenly in a very good position again. However another another loss and it could be fatal to their chances of winning promotion this season.