Scott Parker has said he owes no one an apology for fielding a strong Fulham side in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham, despite Jose Mourinho suggesting otherwise.
Spurs were originally scheduled to host Fulham December 30 before the match was postponed a few hours before kick-off due to a coronavirus outbreak within Parker’s squad – something that had frustrated Mourinho.
With Tottenham’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa scheduled for Wednesday postponed due to an outbreak at the Villa camp, the Premier League postponed the London derby for the same night, which ended in a game draw 1-1, the Spurs having missed the opportunity to move. until the third.
In the preparation, Mourinho had said Fulham would have to apologize to the rest of the Premier League if they field their strongest side in Wednesday’s rearranged game, as he dismissed Parker’s grievances.
Parker made just one change from the squad which drew with Southampton on Boxing Day – their last Premier League game, but revealed many of his players had gone through problematic preparations for the game of the Spurs due to the virus and the isolation period.
“I don’t owe anyone an apology, this football club doesn’t owe anyone an apology,” Parker said.
“You can talk from the outside and people can see what they want to see and figure out exactly what the scenario is, but that was far from it. There were two players on that pitch who had only trained for one day they had come back from Covid-19 and played in this game. I had players on the pitch who only had three or four days of training. The problem for me with this game was not just having two days to prepare for it, I understand that.
“The problem dates back to 16 days, this game was scheduled, but since then we have had 10 positive cases including a few staff, then on Monday morning we were told we had to play this game. It was My problem People understood the difficult situation we were in – we didn’t make it up, we were very open, about the safety of others as well.
“This team came with a goal and two days of hard work. In the end, we come away with a satisfactory result.”
Mourinho admitted he was not surprised that Parker was able to pick a strong side for the meeting, hinting that he already knew who was and was not available because “it is very difficult to keep secrets” in the world of football.
He said: “Look, I really believe, I have to believe and I know the upper hierarchy of Fulham Football Club and we are dealing with honest people and of course they have had problems. Of course the reason why we don’t We didn’t play the game when we should, there were reasons for that. Let’s say it very, very, very clearly.
“Why they weren’t happy to play today is another question, questions you need to ask Scott, not me. But in the world of football it’s very difficult to keep secrets.
“Someone says it to someone who says it to someone who says it to someone and it happens to someone else. And of course we had known for a few days that they were ready and that the players had to come. “
“Mitrovic is not a Covid situation, [he] had a small injury from the last game. We knew so this is something you have to ask Scott. But make it very, very clear. Of course, they were having issues and of course there was a reason they weren’t playing the game a few weeks ago. “
Jose: We should have killed the game
Mourinho was frustrated that Tottenham had lost more points in their pursuit of Premier League leaders.
Mourinho’s men looked in full control of the game as Harry Kane managed home a fantastic cross from Sergio Reguilon but a second goal sidelined them as Heung-Min Son was dramatically denied by Alphonse Areola just before the break, then hit the post in the 72nd minute. .
“Not good enough, but good enough to win,” Mourinho said.
“Not good enough because I think we need to play better and more consistently, but good enough to create four or five big chances, good enough to give Hugo on a very quiet night.”
“Good enough to win the game but not good enough because we have to play better than we did.
“In the first half we had the best chance 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 don’t, you can’t concede goals like we did.
“It’s basically the same story since the start of the season. We can talk about not killing the game, yes we can talk about it, and today it was a clear situation where we could and should have killed the match in the first half. “