Every word of Scott Parker’s passionate VAR verdict, Josh Maja strike, Spurs and staying up



A much better second half?

Yeah, I thought first half we started the game well and then really probably didn’t stamp our way on the game in terms of what I want from the team – to play like a top, top side. We didn’t take the game enough to Spurs.

I though we were fantastic second half in terms of the way we played, our endeavour, the way we moved the ball and the way we were dynamic when trying to get back in the game and we should have got something out of the game tonight. We’ve not done that and that’s disappointing but a first class performance.

Handball decision…

No, it’s changed so much. We look back at the start of the season when the rule was different and penalties were given week in and week out and we’re thinkingyou’re going to have to change the art of defending or players are literally going to have to defend with their arms behind their back. That soon changed.

I understand why the goal was not given and that’s the rule. I don’t agree with that rule. Looking at it, physically I don’t know what he can do. If it doesn’t hit his arm it hits his side. I’m not complaining about that, the referee has just acted to the law, maybe just a little bit of common sense we’ve got VAR.

You can always look back and see if an advantage has been had in that moment and that wasn’t a clear advantage.

Carry on playing like that, you’ll stay up?

I honestly think that and believe that. We played against a fantastic team and top football club. I spent time there, I understand what the football club is about, arguably the best front in the division. Tonight, if it is the first time watching a football match tonight, the two teams where they are, you wouldn’t know it’s the case. Constant believe we’ll get results and we need to maintain that.

Do you think VAR is making the laws unfit for purpose?

Yeah. We’re trying to make the game so pure and sterile and trying to control every single moment to an absolute tee and that’s where the problem lies for me really. What you want to see as fans is goals, excitement and I’m sorry to say VAR is killing every bit of it. No longer can you celebrate a goal. Why? Because you’re hanging on thinking it might be disallowed, you’re losing the raw emotion of the game you absolutely love. It’s a shame and my opninion has not changed and has always stood for this in terms of how I see VAR. I always knew slowly along the way experiences people are going to face as in managers or players – disappointment, goals – will only come down in affect. There’s going to be no emotion in the game.

Tonight is about common sense for me.

A lot of pressure in the second half, did Fulham do enough even without VAR?

We did more than enough to win it and not just get something out of it. We were superb second half. Unlimited pressure and as the game gets stretched I remember one good chance where Alphonse has pulled the save off. For the pressure and the relentlessness of the team, anyone suggesting we didn’t deserve something, wasn’t watching the same game I was.

VAR is taking away the emotion, you’re going through plenty now. Not helping your cause with decisions this season. Feel hard done by?

Over the course of the season in terms of the decision we’ve faced, I feel we’ve been on the wrong end of them certainly. Newcastle comes to mind, Cavaleiro penalty against Liverpool. This is what it is. I’m not one to whinge or moan, I’m just giving you my opinion on VAR and where our game is going. There are certain things in life that you need to let breathe and see its originality sometimes. Football is one of them.

If you want to make the game sterile and pure, you’re going to get the game we’re seeing here and you’ll get a game where there is no emotion.

When supporters come back, will it be worth the ticket money?

I don’t know about that. The fans have not been around it. You experience it at home watching the game and there have been some moments, certainly when you get back in the stadium that might be the case. The goal tonight is the moment you wait for isn’t it? It was chalked off, I understand why but do we want to lose those moments. Let the referees, referee, they have years of experience.





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