Scott Parker stated he owes no one an apology for fielding a strong Fulham group within the 1-1 draw with Tottenham regardless of Jose Mourinho suggesting in any other case.
Spurs had been initially because of host Fulham on December 30 earlier than the sport was postponed hours earlier than kick-off because of a coronavirus outbreak inside Parker’s squad – one thing which had annoyed Mourinho.
With Tottenham’s Premier League journey to Aston Villa, scheduled for Wednesday, postponed because of an outbreak within the Villa camp, the Premier League rescheduled the London derby for the identical night time, which resulted in a 1-1 draw as Spurs missed the prospect to maneuver as much as third.
In the build-up, Mourinho had stated Fulham should apologise to the rest of the Premier League in the event that they fielded their strongest side in Wednesday’s rearranged fixture, as he dismissed Parker’s grievances.
Parker made only one change from the group that drew with Southampton on Boxing Day – their final Premier League match, however revealed a lot of his gamers had suffered problematic preparations for the Spurs sport as a result of virus and the isolation interval.
“I owe no one an apology, this football club owes no one an apology,” Parker stated.
“You can discuss from the surface and other people can see what they wish to see and work out precisely what the script is however it was removed from that. There had been two gamers on that pitch that had solely skilled for at some point, they’d come again from Covid-19 and performed in that sport. I had gamers on the pitch that had simply three or 4 days of coaching. The challenge for me concerning this fixture wasn’t having simply two days to organize for it. I perceive that.
“The issue was 16 days ago this game was scheduled in but since then we’ve had 10 positive cases, including a couple of staff and then on Monday morning we got told we had to play this game. That was my issue. People understood the predicament we were in – we wasn’t making it up. We’ve been very open, in terms of the safety of others too.
“This group got here with a function and two days of onerous work. In the tip, we go away with a delightful consequence.”
Mourinho admitted he wasn’t surprised Parker was able to pick a strong side for the encounter, intimating he already knew who was and wasn’t available as “it’s totally tough to maintain secrets and techniques” in the football world.
He said: “Look, I really imagine, I’ve to imagine and I do know the highest hierarchy at Fulham Football Club and we’re coping with sincere individuals and naturally they’d issues. Of course, the explanation why we did not play the sport after we should, there have been causes for that. Let’s put that very, very, very clear.
“The reason why they were not happy to play today is a different, questions you have to ask Scott not me. But in the football world, it’s very difficult to keep secrets.
“Somebody tells any individual who tells any individual who tells any individual and it arrives to any individual else. And in fact we knew for a number of days that they had been prepared and had the gamers to come back.
“Mitrovic is not a Covid situation, [he] had a small injury from the last match. We knew that so it’s something you have to ask Scott. But make things very, very clear. Of course, they had problems and of course, there was a reason for them not to play the game a couple of weeks ago.”
Jose: We should have killed the sport
Mourinho was left annoyed that Tottenham dropped extra factors of their pursuit of the Premier League pacesetters.
Mourinho’s males regarded in full management of the sport when Harry Kane headed house a implausible Sergio Reguilon cross however a second objective evaded them as Heung-Min Son was denied in spectacular trend by Alphonse Areola simply earlier than the break after which struck the put up on 72 minutes.
“Not good enough, but good enough to win,” Mourinho declared.
“Not good enough because I think we have to play better in a more consistent way, but good enough to create four or five big chances, good enough to give Hugo in a very quiet evening.
“Good sufficient to win the sport however not adequate as a result of we now have to play higher than we did.
“In the first half we had chances to kill the game. Some of them are Areola’s responsibility. In the second half we had the biggest chance to kill the game but when you don’t do it you cannot concede goals the way we did do it.
“This is identical story principally because the starting of the season. We can speak about not killing the sport sure, we are able to discuss that, and in the present day was a transparent state of affairs the place we may and should have killed the sport within the first half.”