Aaron Hughes hails Fulham’s captain marvel Scott Parker after Norwich City win

Johan Elmander tanlges with Aaron Hughes (left) and Sascha Riether late on during Fulham's win at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Johan Elmander tanlges with Aaron Hughes (left) and Sascha Riether late on during Fulham's win at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, December 26, 2013
9:27 PM

It’s been said Fulham’s squad is too old – but for Aaron Hughes is concerned, that also has it’s plus points. And so does having a captain like Scott Parker. It was more than 13 years ago a young Parker turned at City up on a brief loan from Charlton – a spell in which he won over plenty of Canaries fans.

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It’s been said Fulham’s squad is too old – but for Aaron Hughes is concerned, that also has it’s plus points. And so does having a captain like Scott Parker. It was more than 13 years ago a young Parker turned at City up on a brief loan from Charlton – a spell in which he won over plenty of Canaries fans.

But at full-time in their Boxing Day victory over Norwich, the Carrow Road faithful were left spitting feathers from the canary Parker helped pluck.

“Scottie’s performance throughout, it almost deserved that goal,” said Hughes. “He was everywhere in midfield. He got all the second balls and the goal was a great strike.

“It’s the composure before that as well. As the ball came to him, there was his first touch to take it out of his feet. But Scottie has that. Not only can he get around midfield, but he can put the ball in the net.”

Fulham’s squad may be age-heavy but as a result, they also know how to play almost every situation – whereas their hosts seemed to be paralysed by what was expected of them following their opening goal.

“The lads who came in did their jobs and we’ve got a lot of experience in the side, and that helps when there are changes that need to be made,” said Hughes, as Rene Meulensteen picked up the pieces of an injury-hit few days.

“We’ve got some big games coming up, where we can pick up a lot of points – especially with the way we’ve been playing in recent weeks. Although some of the results haven’t gone for us, we’ve been very pleased with our level of play. And today we maybe didn’t get to play as much football as we have done in the last few weeks. It was more of a scrap. But we’re happy we could show a bit of character to grind out a result like that. I think we deserved to win. We stood up to them when we needed.”

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