Scott Parker felt there were positives to take from Fulham’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham – with Ademola Lookman’s woeful late penalty attempt depriving them of a point.
The Whites manager wanted an offside for Tomas Soucek’s goal in the first minute of stoppage time, claiming that Sebastien Haller was guilty of the infringement.
But Lookman’s Panenka-style spot-kick backfired horribly as it turned into a comfortable save for Lukas Fabianski.
Parker said: “I feel there’s two big talking points. One is their goal – and the boy infringing. He’s in an offside position when the ball is played. My centre-halves then had to react and head the ball.
“You work a defensive line and Haller is in an offside position when the ball is played – he’s interfering.
“I’m not going to shirk away from the penalty miss. I’ve said to Ade I’m angry and disappointed – and he is as well. You can miss penalties – but you can’t miss a penalty like that. If you’re going to take a penalty like that you’ve got to score. He knows that. He’s a young player and he needs to learn from this.
“There’s a lot of progress. We weathered the storm early on and we came out the other side, which is something we probably haven’t done in the early part of the season.
“We grew into the game and showed our quality. The way the game ends is disappointing.
“We’ve limited them in terms of chances that have been a real threat to us and we’ve created some ourselves. We come in Monday and work as hard as we have been. I think everyone can see the improvements. We keep fighting and pushing on.”
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