Parker gets first win as Fulham manager at Bournemouth

Parker gets first win as Fulham manager at Bournemouth

Mid-table Bournemouth initially stuck with the team which thrashed Brighton 5-0 last weekend but manager Howe was forced into a change when right-back Adam Smith withdrew in the warm-up due to injury.

Championship-bound Fulham, buoyed by registering their first win under Parker at home to Everton last weekend, grew into the game.

They then got the breakthrough just eight minutes after the restart as Aleksandar Mitrovic scored from the penalty spot, and that proved to be all that was needed as Fulham hung on and secured a memorable 1-0 win over the Cherries.

Still, Fulham remain 19th in the league, while Bournemouth are now 13th-placed.

The Cherries still started strongly enough with Josh King side-footing over from close range after fine work from Ryan Fraser, who was also denied by a fine save from keeper Sergio Rico.

Fulham showed great resilience to stay in the game before threatening with Denis Odoi's header forcing a super save from goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Ryan Babel headed over the crossbar from 10 yards as the visitors pressed early after the interval and they made the breakthrough when Simpson fouled Mitrovic in the box and the Serbian worldwide buried the penalty. 'You have to keep going, make sure we train well. We were rocked with a couple of injuries, that's never easy to take.

"Upon that injury we're then left with four centre-halves across our backline, so that was a hard one for us to overcome".

"We've spoken about next year and the plans ahead and I think the main focus for Mitro is finishing the season like he has (on Saturday), a performance, the winning goal".

"We showed we can play in the Premier League".

'We need to build from there and the last two performances have probably given us a little bit of a stepping stone to that target'. He said: "Delighted for the team, for the club, for the fans and ultimately for the players as well".

"I see a group of players here who have got quality".

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