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Scott Parker: Fulham losses expected so must keep spirits up

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Fulham’s Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic (C) stands with Fulham’s English manager Scott Parker (L) on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage in London on September 12, 2020. (Photo by Clive Rose / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by CLIVE ROSE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Fulham boss Scott Parker knows the highs and lows of the Premier League, and he’s focused on keeping the lows in perspective as the Cottagers restart life in the top flight.

Parker’s men were outclassed at home by Arsenal to the tune of a controlling 3-0 loss at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

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The boss was relegated as a player with West Ham and Fulham and took over the Cottagers toward the end of their relegation season in 2018-19, leading them back to the PL via the 2019-20 Championship playoffs.

Now back where owner Shahid Khan wants his side, Parker is laser-focused on keeping an even-keel during what’s expected to be a relegation-threatened campaign.

Here’s what Parker said after the match on NBCSN:

“It’s going to be a big test for us. There’s a realism for me and that’s going to be installed in this team. Teams that struggle in this division are teams that keep letting defeats get to them. Understand we are going to lose football matches. We may lose two, three on the bounce but that’s where we are as a team and a football club. Of course we want to get better but the most important thing is to not let these defeats build up, build up, and become a bigger issue.”

Fulham visits Ipswich Town in League Cup action on Wednesday, a chance to get some good vibes into the team room ahead of important early season tilts with Leeds United and Aston Villa.

How many points will the Cottagers have after three match days? The club doesn’t meet another top six side until Nov. 28 begins a run of Leicester City, Man City, and Liverpool.