Scott Parker gives his verdict after Sheffield Wednesday goalfest at Fulham
With eight goals, three yellow cards, two penalties and a sending off, Sheffield Wednesday’s 5-3 defeat at Fulham was not short of drama, and Scott Parker admits that it’s just the three points that matter to him.
The Lilywhites were cruising at half-time, 3-0 up after some catastrophic defending from the Owls in the first 45, but an Atdhe Nuhiu double as well as a deflected goal from Jacob Murphy saw Garry Monk’s side put up a fight before the game was eventually put to bed.
Fulham now stand an outside chance of creeping into second place and sealing automatic promotion if results go their way next week, while SWFC are left to lick their wounds ahead of what could be a big game against Middlesbrough depending on their case against the English Football League.
Parker, who made a number of changes for this afternoon’s game, told the media afterwards, “I thought for 45 minutes we were very, very good. We looked every bit of it a top team - the tactical element, everything we’d discussed. We made five changes, freshened it up, and the elements of that were perfect.
“But like you’ve seen in this division many times, they made some changes in the second half and they put the ball in the area. I think it’s fair to say that we needed to deal with that a little bit better, I’m disappointed that we conceded the goals we conceded today and made more of a game of it.
“In saying that, it’s five goals, and the most important thing is three points.”
Wednesday are now eight points clear of 22nd-placed Luton Town after they beat Hull City earlier today, but the ongoing EFL case means that they are still unsure of whether or not they will face a points deduction, or how many points they could lose.
Monk has spoken of how three points are a must for the Owls against Boro on Wednesday night, and it could still prove to be points that are the difference between Championship and League One football for SWFC next season.