Scott Parker's latest interview should worry Newcastle United
And Fulham, promoted last year, take on basement club Sheffield United at Craven Cottage on Saturday before 17th-placed Newcastle face Manchester United at Old Trafford a day later.
“It’s a massive game for us now,” said former United midfielder Parker. “The gap was 10 points – it’s now six. It’s going in the right direction, and we’re going into Saturday trying to win that game.
“Our main focus is how we perform to get results, but, of course, the main focus (is to reel in Newcastle). I believe we’re very competitive in this league. I feel every game we play, we can win, I honestly do.
“I feel like my team can really go and get results in this division – we’ve proven that. We’ve only won all three all season, but we’re very hard to beat – and we’ve got quality.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.
“I think there’s seven or eight teams that are always looking probably over their shoulders,” said head coach Steve Bruce. “That’s the nature of the Premier League when you’re in the bottom half.
“You always hope you can get to the magical figure whatever it is. We certainly haven’t got enough points at the moment, and hopefully we can put a couple of wins together very, very quickly.”