Parker Explains Aina’s Early Removal Against Crystal Palace 

Fulham boss Scott Parker has explained why Ola Aina was replaced before the start of the second half in the away goalless draw at Crystal Palace.

Parker substituted Aina for Antoinee Robinson at half-time but said the decision was purely tactical and the former Chelsea man was not carrying an injury.

“I just thought we needed a little bit more down that right side and I thought it worked,” he said.

“It was nothing to do with Ola but Antoinee just gave us that little bit more going forward.”

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Parker lamented his side’s missed opportunities in the second half but insisted their point at Selhurst Park was a good one.

Josh Maja had two decent chances to score and Ademola Lookman missed the target when free in the box in the second half as Fulham drew for the 12th time this season.

“I think you saw a team that came here to win the game and created opportunities but we fell a bit short today,” Parker said.

“You have to jab and probe sometimes and I don’t think we did that well enough in the first half and in the second half we changed it up, created some big chances, but it wasn’t to be today.

“But I believe in this team and I am confident we can beat Tottenham on Thursday.”

Fulham, who remain three points adrift of Premier League safety, face a daunting run of fixtures against Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City in their next three matches.

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Source: Complete Sport