Scott Parker’s Fulham side put on a sub-par performance at the weekend as the Cottagers went down 3-0 to a rapidly improving Hull City side under Grant McCann.
The tone was set for the afternoon after just nine minutes in West London, after Josh Bowler slotted in at Marcus Bettinelli’s near post with a fantastic finish on the half volley to give Hull a deserved lead.
The Tigers doubled their advantage after half-time, with a stunning effort from their in-form attacker Jarrod Bowen, his tenth of the season.
He cut inside initially then shifted onto his other side where he found a finish into the bottom left hand corner. Tom Eaves completed the scoring in the 84th minute with a tap-in.
The result drops Fulham down to 8th in the league, with Parker’s men only winning one of their last five league games, conceding nine goals in the process.
It was also Fulham’s first defeat at Craven Cottage since 24 August, which was a 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest.
Fulham had a staggering 75% possession against Hull, yet did not offer much all afternoon, in what will be a deeply concerning display for the manager.
It was made worse with one of their star players going down with an injury, as Joe Bryan was forced off the pitch with just a couple of minutes on the clock.
Bryan has been one of Fulham’s most consistent players this season at left-back, and a lengthy spell on the sidelines could be bad news for Fulham fans.
The warning signs have been there in their recent away performances. A 2-0 defeat to Stoke and a 0-0 draw to Middlesbrough left a lot to be desired as Fulham failed to score in each, although the latter was played with ten men for the majority of the game.
The combination of recent results has seen Fulham fans showing their frustration on social media, with some supporters calling for the manager’s head after the poor defeat.
Should Parker remain as Fulham manager?
With the side currently not reaching their potential, even though the players at Scott Parker’s disposal are at top-tier Championship standard, is it time to start questioning the manager?
As it is the 39-year-old’s first role in football management, his lack of experience may not be what the team needs at present in the eyes of some Fulham supporters, especially with experienced campaigners such as Chris Hughton currently available.
The next two fixtures will be key for Parker as his side take on Birmingham on Saturday, then contest the West London Derby against QPR on 22 November.