Harris plays down Parker rivalry

30 July 2020 18:38:52 GMTPlus10

Cardiff manager Neil Harris has said that he has no problem with Fulham boss Scott Parker following wild celebrations at the end of their Championship play-off semi-final first-leg clash.

The Cottagers won 2-0 away in the Welsh capital and the Bluebirds now face what Harris describes as a "monumental task" to progress as no Championship side has ever failed to reach the final after having a two-goal lead from the first leg.

I have a lot of admiration for what he has done.

Neil Harris

But it's a challenge that the 43-year-old believes his team can rise to, and he says that Cardiff have the firepower to score at any time at Fulham.

Josh Onomah gave Fulham the lead at the Cardiff City Stadium, but it was Neeskens Kebano's injury-time free-kick that sparked jubilant scenes from Parker's Cottagers and irked many of the home team.

But Harris was eager to play down any bitterness and says his side are solely focussed on overturning their deficit.

"I think a lot of players thought it was a big celebration but there's no big story in it," Harris told Sky Sports. "After the game I pointed out the celebration but it wasn't against Scott [Parker] and was probably magnified because there were no fans in the stadium generating any noise or celebrations.

"Scott is a young man who has done a great job and I have a lot of admiration for what he has done and how he goes about his work.

"I have belief and faith in my group of players and we have the capability to go and score goals at any time against Fulham."

Fulham are 2.05 to win Thursday's second leg, with Cardiff 3.60 and the draw 3.50.

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