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Fulham boss Scott Parker hits back at Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho over apology

Fulham boss Scott Parker hits back at Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho over a suggestion from the Portuguese boss that an apology is made to him.

The Cottagers boss said he owes nobody an apology for fielding a strong team in their impressing 1-1 draw with Tottenham despite Jose Mourinho suggesting otherwise.

The Premier League fixture was originally set to be played on the 30th of December 2020, however that was postponed at short notice because of a Covid outbreak at Fulham.

In a fixture reshuffle announced on Monday, it was rescheduled at quite short notice after Spurs’ match at Aston Villa was postponed.

In the build-up, Mourinho stated at a press conference that Fulham should apologise to the rest of the Premier League if they fielded their strongest side in the rearranged game, as he dismissed Parker’s complaints.

“I owe no one an apology, this football club owes no one an apology,” Parker said.

“You can talk from the outside and people can see what they want to see and work out exactly what the script is but it was far from that. There were two players on that pitch that had only trained for one day, they’d come back from Covid-19 and played in that game. I had players on the pitch that had just three or four days of training. The issue for me regarding this fixture wasn’t having just two days to prepare for it. I understand that.

“The issue was 16 days ago this game was scheduled in but since then we’ve had 10 positive cases, including a couple of staff and then on Monday morning we got told we had to play this game. That was my issue. People understood the predicament we were in – we wasn’t making it up. We’ve been very open, in terms of the safety of others too.

“This team came with a purpose and two days of hard work. In the end, we go away with a pleasing result.”

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Mourinho claims he wasn’t surprised that Scott Parker picked a strong side, making out that he already knew who was and wasn’t available as “it’s very difficult to keep secrets”.

He added: “Look, I truly believe, I have to believe and I know the top hierarchy at Fulham Football Club and we’re dealing with honest people and of course they had problems. Of course, the reason why we didn’t play the game when we should, there were reasons for that. Let’s put that very, very, very clear.

“The reason why they were not happy to play today is a different, questions you have to ask Scott not me. But in the football world, it’s very difficult to keep secrets.

“Somebody tells somebody who tells somebody who tells somebody and it arrives to somebody else. And of course we knew for a few days that they were ready and had the players to come.

“Mitrovic is not a Covid situation, [he] had a small injury from the last match. We knew that so it’s something you have to ask Scott. But make things very, very clear. Of course, they had problems and of course, there was a reason for them not to play the game a couple of weeks ago.”

Mourinho was frustrated at his side dropping yet more points as they start to fall further behind those in the top five of the Premier League table.

“Not good enough, but good enough to win,” Mourinho declared.

“Not good enough because I think we have to play better in a more consistent way, but good enough to create four or five big chances, good enough to give Hugo in a very quiet evening.

“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 chances 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 do it you cannot concede goals the way we did do it.

“This is the same story basically since the beginning of the season. We can talk about not killing the game yes, we can speak about that, and today was a clear situation where we could and should have killed the game in the first half.”

Fans reacted as the Fulham boss Scott Parker hits back at Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho over demands for an apology…

@TayeAgent: Relax Scott. Mourinho was just playing mind games but the shit backfired after 90min of footballing lol

@bilko89: What am I missing here? Mourinho is unhappy Fulham fielded a strong team??

@MUFCJosh98: Completely outwitted Jose, massive props

@ralphhasenhuttl: Spurs minuscule club

@SKEWIFF_: Too right… Why should he? Jose moaning again… Spurs were already prepared for a match on Wednesday all be it against different opposition… Fulham on the other hand had 3 days notice. As you were Scott lad.

@ashleigh19xlfc: Why should he apologise

@Shamreaz01: Spurs owe their fans an apology more for making them think they were actually title contenders

@TheOutfit7: Mourinho just taking “Ls” every 3 days.

@aksh_lcfc: Even spurs fielded a strong side?

@ProducedbyHeron: Confusion. Why on earth would a team facing relegation field a weaker side? Classic Mourinho. Knows how to dish is but can’t take it.

@brad_hass4: Mourinho loves a bit of mind games… until they’re used against him, then he throws his toys out the pram

@_JackLewis: Why on earth would he owe him an apology?

@PlayAllTheWay: Why on earth does he need to issue an apology just because he fielded a strong Team??! My word is this where we are now, grapes and spur spring to mind here, Fulham outplayed Tottenham in parts last night and seems some can’t handle that.

@ronaallleeds: Mourinho letting his ego get the better of him – shock

@XXXCloutistic: not like he played nearly a full squad vs academy players. why the fuck should he apologise

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