Carvalho display persuades Parker to look to the future

16 May 2021 03:07:00 GMTPlus10

Scott Parker believes relegated Fulham have cause for optimism after seeing Fabio Carvalho grab his maiden goal in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Southampton.

Fulham can be backed at 17/2 to win their next outing at Manchester United, who are priced at 2/7, while the draw is available at 5/1.

His overall performance was full of confidence. He showed his quality.

Scott Parker

Saturday's loss, Fulham's first outing since their relegation was confirmed after Monday's reverse to Burnley, extends their winless streak to eight, having lost seven during that run.

Che Adams, Nathan Tella and Theo Walcott registered for Southampton, sealing a second successive win, as they cancelled out Carvalho's strike.

Carvalho, aged just 18, became Fulham's third-youngest goalscorer as he made full use of his first Premier League start and Parker was clearly impressed with his efforts.

Parker told BBC Sport: "Pride, effort, some good bits. At 2-0 down we got ourselves back in the game with a lovely goal from Fabio. We just lacked that little bit in the end.

"[Fabio Carvalho was] fantastic. This team has been in need of goals. His overall performance was full of confidence. He showed his quality."

The Fulham boss had suggested prior to kick-off at St Mary's that he was already thinking ahead to next season in the Championship and Carvalho could prove to be a key figure.

He is likely to experiment further with his selection over the final two engagements of the term against United at Old Trafford on Tuesday and Newcastle at Craven Cottage on 23rd May.

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