• By Yann Tear

Parker remains defiant in the face of increasingly worrying form as time starts to run out


Scott Parker insists his team will fight to the bitter end despite the potentially devastating impact of a last-gasp Friday night defeat against Wolves.

Fulham were toothless once more in front of goal as they slipped to a fourth successive defeat and all the hope generated by the fabulous win at Liverpool is in danger of unravelling.

They remain three points from safety and Newcastle - the team directly above them just above the dotted line - have two games in hand. With just six games to play, the odds are not looking great.

But the Whites boss said: "You saw in the scenes at the end of the game how desperate this team is to be successful. They care passionately.

"I asked the team to show fight, to show desire and leave everything on that pitch tonight and to a man - including those on the side - we did that.

"It's a cruel side of football sometimes. I'm older than these players and have experienced them. What's going to be the deciding factor is, when you get put to the canvas, to get back up, and we're going to need to do that.

"But we've done that for large parts of this year and when the chips are down and we've been put down, we get back up and we fight and we'll carry on doing that."

Parker added: "I understand that people from the outside will see this as a must-win game, but next week's game is going to be a must-win as well. But with that spirit and that desire, you've always got a chance and we'll come out swinging.

"I thought we were very well organised and limited them [Wolves] to very few chances. The game's been decided in the last minute and that's painful, of course, but my team did everything in its power to try and win the game.

"It's probably one of the most painful defeats this year but we'll go again. Can we go and win at Arsenal next week? Of course we can. When people have written us off, not expecting us to get a result against Liverpool or Leicester away, we've done that - through belief and resilience. That's what gives me hope and belief for the remaining games."