This is why Scott Parker senses an opportunity at Newcastle United
Scott Parker has spoken about his time at Newcastle United ahead of his first return to St James’s Park as a manager.
Parker spent two years at the club during his playing career, and the 40-year-old – who guided Fulham to promotion last season – knows it’s a “tough” place for away teams – when full.
The stadium will be empty for tomorrow’s game, but Parker is wary of Steve Bruce’s team, who were beaten 5-2 by Leeds United at Elland Road on Wednesday night.
“They’re a good side, a very well-organised side, with individuals in their team that can cause you problems,” said Parker. “They’ve got a manager in Steve, who’s done a fantastic job throughout his career.
“Look, it’s a tough place to go, St James’s Park. I played there for a couple of years so I understand what it’s like there. They’ve got quality, so it’ll be a tough, tough game for us, but one we’re looking forward to.”
Fulham are 18th in the Premier League with nine points, but Parker senses an opportunity for his team.
“It’s definitely a game where we want to go up there and try and win,” said Parker. “It’s a game that we want to try and take points from
“Newcastle have had some up and down results, like a lot of teams this year, but they’re a very good side who will cause teams problems.
“They’ve got some very good personnel in their team. But. saying that, we’re in a good run, we’re in a good vein of form, so for sure we’re going to go up there and try and win the game.”