How Scott Parker took Fulham again to the Premier League on the first time of asking

Scott Parker celebrates Fulham's promotion with Joe Bryan (L) and Bobby Reid

Scott Parker celebrates Fulham’s promotion with Joe Bryan (L) and Bobby Reid

Scott Parker led Fulham again to the Premier League on the first time of asking – with a tactical masterclass to beat the Championship’s high scorers within the play-off ultimate.

An unusually compact Fulham sealed promotion within the play-off ultimate due to a pair of strikes from Joe Bryan – the primary crafted by Parker himself – as free-scoring Brentford have been stored unusually quiet by the Cottagers’ defence in a 2-1 defeat at Wembley.

A visibly emotional Parker spoke to Sky Sports activities after full-time, and defined how Bryan’s opening purpose – a long-range free-kick which caught out David Raya at his close to submit – had been crafted, in addition to how Fulham switched from their regular 4-3-Three to efficiently frustrate Brentford.

Fulham sealed their promotion back to the Premier League a season after relegation to the Championship with their 2-1 win against Brentford at Wembley

Fulham sealed their promotion again to the Premier League a season after relegation to the Championship with their 2-1 win in opposition to Brentford at Wembley

He mentioned: “The opening purpose was deliberate. We checked out Raya’s positioning from free-kicks, he is very aggressive. I referred to as Joe over earlier than the free-kick to attempt to make out we have been performing some tactical factor, let’s transfer it over, however I instructed him to keep watch over his positioning, and decide to the shot. He did it, and it labored.

“We did it within the final sport and it went nowhere close to the purpose – tonight, fortunately, it is labored. My employees deserve full credit score for that.

“The ways have been to be defensively stable, match the triangles up on the perimeters, we knew the entrance three are harmful, and once they obtained to the perimeters of the pitch we needed to commit males over there and match up. You discover numerous Brentford’s targets come from the perimeters of the pitch.

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Fulham boss Scott Parker gave an emotional post-match interview after their Championship play-off ultimate win in opposition to Brentford, saying he was pleased with how his workforce responded to final seasons relegation

Fulham boss Scott Parker gave an emotional post-match interview after their Championship play-off ultimate win in opposition to Brentford, saying he was pleased with how his workforce responded to final seasons relegation

“We have labored on being actually diligent, when it comes to winger, full-back, holding midfield participant, and we wished to get Bobby Decordova-Reid inside and create numbers in and across the center of the park. I assumed that labored very well, we had management first half, we have been courageous, second half we misplaced it a bit of bit, however I assumed we nonetheless had a bit about us. It labored very well tonight.

“The details are, the truth is, you possibly can’t actually take pleasure in it. You win a soccer match and by the point you get to Saturday evening, having a beer or a Chinese language, you are already desirous about Monday morning, the following sport. We reside in a world and a career the place you win a sport, you lose the following one and also you’re deemed a failure.

“You realise it’s important to at all times be on the high and at all times planning. Not for me, I hope that after tomorrow I can simply sit down with the household, my spouse and youngsters who’ve been on egg shells for the final yr most likely, they usually get their husband and pa again who does the issues I need to do actually.”

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Brentford boss Thomas Frank says he was pleased with how far his workforce has come this season and says advantageous margins value them in a good sport after his facet have been crushed 2-1 within the Championship play-off ultimate

Brentford boss Thomas Frank says he was pleased with how far his workforce has come this season and says advantageous margins value them in a good sport after his facet have been crushed 2-1 within the Championship play-off ultimate

‘Parker has indicators of top-level supervisor’

Former Fulham defender and now Derby first-team coach Liam Rosenior instructed Sky Sports activities Parker’s tactical adaption had proven his high quality as a supervisor, on the finish of his first full season within the job since taking up from Claudio Ranieri in February 2019.

He mentioned: “On the evening, I feel Scott Parker obtained his ways spot on. We spoke from the start and half-time, he was very pragmatic tonight and that is an indication of a top-level supervisor. He knew the strengths of Brentford, he mentioned to Joe Bryan in regards to the goalkeeper’s place.

Parker celebrated with match-winner Joe Bryan after giving him the idea to try his audacious strike for the game's opening goal

Parker celebrated with match-winner Joe Bryan after giving him the concept to attempt his audacious strike for the sport’s opening purpose

“It is one factor to have a participant capturing from 45 yards, it is one other factor doing it. However full credit score to him and the remainder of the squad. We’re sat within the stands at an empty Wembley, each single participant on the bench, that wasn’t within the squad was screaming, encouraging their team-mates.

“While you’re a supervisor, who can convey that spirit to a soccer membership, I feel Scott Parker’s achieved a implausible job.”

Smith: How Fulham gained it

Dean Smith, who was promoted as play-off ultimate winners with Aston Villa final season having beforehand managed Brentford, instructed Sky Sports activities Fulham’s pleasure had come from stopping the service to their lethal entrance three of Mentioned Benrahma, Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbeumo – who had scored 59 league targets between them this season.

“They stopped Brentford at supply, just about,” he mentioned. “They stopped the balls into Mentioned Benrahma. He was quiet, Ollie Watkins was quiet, and Bryan Mbeumo got here off. He simply made positive Brentford could not be as potent as they wish to be.

“They stayed actually compact, neither workforce actually went and pressed too excessive, however they simply made the center of the pitch actually compact and seemed to go spherical them.

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Highlights of the Sky Guess Championship play-off ultimate between Brentford and Fulham

Highlights of the Sky Guess Championship play-off ultimate between Brentford and Fulham

“There weren’t many large possibilities all through the sport for both workforce. The goalkeeper’s made a little bit of a mistake for the purpose, making an attempt to learn the cross, however it’s kind of of excellence from Joe Bryan for each and typically it takes that little bit of brilliance.

“Tonight was a unique type of efficiency. They’ve given Brentford the respect they deserve and performed a unique approach at this time. Scott Parker’s proper although, they have been nonetheless courageous on the ball, performed by way of Brentford a couple of occasions and obtained it into Josh Onomah.

“He is obtained a approach he desires to play, however he wasn’t scared to vary it defensively. With out the ball they have been wonderful, with some nice passages of play.

“When you open it up, there’s numerous targets in that Brentford workforce, so I feel it suited Fulham tonight.

“The primary feeling can be reduction [for Fulham]. That is what you are making an attempt to do, proper from the beginning, get promoted. They will be elated after that. It is a implausible achievement. To come back down, it is powerful as a result of it’s important to change a dropping mentality round. The job Scott Parker has achieved is super.”

Parker’s change in philosophy

Fulham celebrated their promotion in an empty Wembley Stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic

Fulham celebrated their promotion in an empty Wembley Stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic

Sky Sports activities’ Simeon Gholam at Wembley…

Scott Parker had a philosophy and a system and it didn’t appear seemingly he would compromise his ideas to try to overcome a Brentford facet that had bettered them twice this season.

How mistaken we have been. For starters, the extra defensively-minded Denis Odoi was chosen over Cyrus Christie at right-back, and he fielded a high-pressing hard-working entrance three of Aboubakar Kamara, Neeskens Kebano and Bobby Decordova-Reid.

The Fulham boss even performed an enormous function of their all-important opening purpose, tipping off Joe Bryan to hunt out the underside nook figuring out that David Raya positions himself excessive off his line.

A Brentford facet that had scored extra targets than another within the Championship this season have been restricted to simply 4 pictures heading in the right direction in 120 minutes, they usually failed to essentially hassle Marek Rodak till Henrik Dalsgaard bundled in a late comfort.

Brentford could really feel a bit of aggrieved a few potential crimson card shouts in opposition to Harrison Reed and Tom Cairney in every half resulted solely in yellows, however total it could be unimaginable to disclaim it was a well-earned win for Fulham.

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